These days, we hear a lot about algorithms. The word tends to crop up when some or other tech company is forced to apologise for whatever new scandal has thrown them into the spotlight. Whether the issue is big data and profiling, or search results and suggested content, it is the algorithm that gets the blame.
The latest victims are children, and the troublesome algorithms responsible may not be long for this world. At the beginning of April, BuzzFeed News reported that YouTube is planning to release a new version of its supposedly child-friendly platform YouTube Kids that bucks the trend of relying on algorithms, and instead opts for “curation” by human beings.
Currently, child users of YouTube and YouTube Kids are able to follow links to videos that seem safe in the suggestions bar but turn out to be inappropriate or even highly disturbing.