Friday, June 21, 2019

YouTube seems to have problems now with COPPA, again

YouTube keeps getting into trouble.  Now the problem is COPPA, the Child Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Various offences, reported to the FCC, seem to occur when some unscrupulous creators change kids’ content with spicy material to earn more ad clicks, and others happen when kids are inadvertently shown autoplays of regular videos and private information is collected.

YouTube may have to segregate the kids’ section completely, and turn off autoplay, at least for the kids.
Here is a Think Progress summary

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Male student goes in drag in do-it-yourself undercover sting

A 20-year-old male student disguised himself as a 16 year old girl, and used a Snapchat gender filter to entrap a California police officer looking for an underage heterosexual partner.  Inside Edition reports.  This sounds like “To Catch a Predator” on steroids.
It is really going the extra mile to go into drag, maybe shave your body, to entrap someone.

This is not recommended.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

NYTimes doubles down, reporting YouTube as serially attracting pedophiles

As if the New York Time’s indulgent piece Sunday making exaggerated claims about YouTube radicalization (and suggesting that some persons were “alt-right” when they are not, all with "#Voxadpocalypse") were not enough, on June 3 Max Fisher and Amanda Taub wrote, in a series called “The Interpreter”, a report “On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles”.  This reminds me of the NBC busting of chatrooms (“To Catch a Predator”) and the Times reports on Justin Berry a decade ago.
Nevertheless, I hear reports like this often.

One problem in the LGBT area is that some videos come from overseas (outside of the larger democracies) where there may not be regulation requiring actors to be 18+.  The algorithms may push more (foreign) videos at consumers, and it might technically amount to possessing child pornography to even watch them. Technology (outside of VPN’s at least) might in time be even able to catch watchers.