So I might be a little late to the show, but since I haven’t heard anyone else at District 287 talk about this, I thought I’d share this out…
Apparently YouTube Kids has some weird and disturbing stuff going on. Mainly it centers around adults wearing Superhero costumes and doing all sorts of stuff involving needles and poop and beating up kids and whatnot. But it’s a thing, with bazillions of views, and it infuses itself in the recommendations for very young kids.
The New York Times reported on this recently in an article called On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters.
And for a much deeper look at the creepy business model behind the phenomenon, check out this excellent 14-minute video called Weird Kids’ Videos and Gaming the Algorithm.