Congress is taking on YouTube's pedophilia problemAdstoppi Web Traffic
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Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) have each taken a step in addressing YouTube’s child safety issue. Hawley announced yesterday that he would be introducing a bill that would make it unlawful for video-hosting platforms like YouTube to recommend videos that feature minors. Recommendation systems are under particular scrutiny after the Times report, which showed YouTube’s recommendation algorithm suggesting videos of younger and younger women and girls if a user starts off watching erotic videos.
“Every parent in America should be appalled that YouTube is pushing videos of their children to pedophiles,” Hawley said. “It’s equally outrageous that YouTube refuses to take the most effective step necessary to fix the issue.”
Under Hawley’s bill, the same content would appear in the search results, but platforms could not include them in recommendation bars. There are a few exceptions, however. For example, clips from shows like America’s Got Talent being recommended wouldn’t result in the companies being fined. The bill is primarily targeting home videos.