Children’s Privacy: YouTube algorithms found steering gamers to guns

A study by non-profit Tech Transparency Project evaluated videos recommended by YouTube algorithms and found the platform recommended hundreds of videos about guns and gun violence to boys interested in video games. These included videos that showed how to make and enhance weapons or depicted school shootings – all of which are in violation of YouTube’s stated policies about depiction of firearms and violence, and to protect children’s safety.

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Children’s Privacy: Chinese police alert parents to check messaging apps that may try to involve their kids in crime

May 23, 2023

Local police across China alerted parents that encrypted communications apps, including Telegram, which can encrypt or immediately erase content, have been used by criminals to defraud children – and sometimes even involve them as accomplices in crimes. Parents were advised to check kids’ cell phones for encrypted apps and to remove them if found.

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