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Safety Mode: Giving you more control on YouTube  (View post)

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
12 years ago4,469 views

we're announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don't want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. An example of this type of content might be a newsworthy video that contains graphic violence such as a political protest or war coverage. While no filter is 100% perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

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Above 2 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Hashmalech [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Youtube is going in the wrong direction… It looks like a Microsoft product now.

Alex Ksikes [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Did anyone try to type "WTC" in youtube? It is definitely potentially objectionable content. Another good one is "peak oil".

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This is exactly like Phillips story some time back, where Google would only give results that the user likes (doesn't object to)... creepy that google is actually making that ;(:(:/

Stephan Locher [PersonRank 9]

12 years ago #

At least they made it opt-in

Torrey Hoffman [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

People, get a grip.

This is for parents who can't realistically watch over their kids shoulders every second while they're on YouTube.

Of COURSE it's opt-in! Haven't you seen Google's blog posts about YouTube being used in the Iran protests, and in Haiti, and in China, and other violent situations? Google is totally in favor of open communication, and consistently has been for years.

But that doesn't mean that violent video should be easy for kids to stumble into.

Tim Lesher [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

You're misreading this.

It's not saying "If you enable this, we will refrain from showing war coverage and political protests, because they are graphically violent." It's saying "If you enable this, we will refrain from showing graphically violent videos. For example, some videos of war coverage or political protests are graphically violent."

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Tim, but in how far are political protests a good example of explaining the concept of graphical violence? On average, isn't there more graphical violence in say a game of American Football? Can you explain, what is the intent of specifically mentioning political protests?

cl76 [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

The first thing that came to mind was the lady that was killed at an Iranian political protest, Neda Agha-Soltan.

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