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YouTube suggested conspiracy videos to children using its Kids app • Business Insider
James Cook:
<p>YouTube's app specifically for children is meant to filter out adult content and provide a "world of learning and fun," but Business Insider found that YouTube Kids featured many conspiracy theory videos which make claims that the world is flat, that the moon landing was faked, and that the planet is ruled by reptile-human hybrids.

YouTube Kids is a separate app from the main YouTube app, and it's meant to allow parents to let their children browse YouTube without being worried about any unsuitable content appearing. Children are encouraged to learn languages, read books, and watch educational videos.

Search for "UFO" on YouTube Kids and you'll mostly find videos of toys that are clearly fine for children to watch. But one of the top videos claimed to show a UFO shooting at a chemtrail, and we found several videos by prominent conspiracy theorist David Icke in the suggested videos. YouTube removed the videos from YouTube Kids after we contacted it about the issue.

One suggested video was an hours-long lecture by Icke in which he claims that aliens built the pyramids, that the planet is run by reptile-human hybrids, that Freemasons engage in human sacrifice, that the assassination of President Kennedy was planned by the US government, and that humans would evolve in 2012.</p>

With enough examples, is it possible that Google will actually take action before rather than after this happens? Except it's been evident for ages that YouTube Kids is a complete mess. This just shows that it's even worse than all those algorithmically-generated junk weird videos.

And boring though it might be to repeat this, kids brought up on the Encyclopaedia Britannica didn't come across David Icke or moon landing conspiracies.
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