YouTube is reportedly going to release a version of the YouTube Kids app that’s not driven by algorithms. The app will apparently show content to kids, that has been curated by humans, reports BuzzFeed News. The videos on the app will only come from the human creators, and everything else will be blocked.
The video-sharing website kids' algorithm is tuned to reflect kids only kid-friendly content, but the company itself admitted that it doesn't always do a great job. "Sometimes we miss the mark," the company told Business Insider.
It’s unclear when the app will actually go live right now. YouTube Kids currently uses algorithms to curate content for children, though reports have shown how extremist content did creep in past the algorithmic barriers.
That said, running a high profile application through humans will be a resource intensive task. YouTube will have to employ a lot of people to ensure that the content curation on the platform is done right.
On the other hand, this could also lead to better curation and would be a good chance for the company to compare AI-driven applications against those driven by humans. If successful, YouTube Kids could be a case study for how content will be policed on the Internet in the future, something that most companies are struggling with right now.