"Remember children, from side to side to draw attention, along for results." This chilling recommendation about suicide has been cast in a video for children from the Youtube Kids application of the Google audiovisual channel. An American doctor discovered it by chance, reported through the pediatric blog pedimom.com and the Washington Post He has published it. YouTube has removed the video, but warns: "YouTube Kids is designed to exclude content that is not appropriate for children, but we do not manually review all videos."
In the sequence appears a character named Joji (Filthy Frank) that simulates cutting the veins. It was detected by a doctor who saw the video while attending to her daughter of a small nosebleed. At the 4.47 minute of the cartoons, the film is interrupted with the aforementioned scene and returns to animation.
"I am disturbed, sad and disgusted, but relieved to have been there watching the video with my own eyes and having been able to take the appropriate actions to protect my family," the doctor wrote the sequence witness before deleting the application and banning it in home.
The pediatric blog that has denounced the case has warned of other suicidal and violent contents both in the children's application and in the general YouTube channel.
One of the cartoons where the protagonist commits suicide and has been denounced by pedimom.com
A spokeswoman for the channel has responded that YouTube Kids uses "automated systems to choose content from the wider universe." The platform explains that this formula allows you to recommend content, but warns: "YouTube Kids is designed to exclude content that is not appropriate for children, but we do not manually review all the videos. For a more controlled experience, you can disable the search box. "
Neither in the main channel, YouTube.com, is "previous filtering" of all the contents, according to the platform. "But we have strict policies that determine what content is appropriate and remains and what content should be eliminated. We trust the community to help us identify the content that does not comply with these policies; those marked videos are reviewed manually 24 hours a day, seven days a week and videos deemed inappropriate are deleted. "
In this way, the channel appeals to the community of users to carry out surveillance work. "We work to make sure that YouTube Kids videos are family friendly and we take feedback [respuestas] seriously. We appreciate people who notify us about problematic content and make it possible for anyone to mark an inappropriate video, "says the company's spokesperson, who highlights the existence of"new controls for parents, including the ability to manually select videos and channels in the application. " "We are making constant improvements in our systems and we recognize that there is more work to be done," Youtube admits.
"Doors to the field"
Andoni Anseán, director of the master's degree in Clinical and Health Management in Mental Health of the Pablo de Olavide University (Sevilla) and president of the Spanish Society of Suicidology, considers that social networks have established numerous controls and barriers to this content, especially from suicides broadcast live or cases such as those of Blue whale or Momo (initiatives of violent challenges), but warns that "it is difficult to put doors to the field".
Anseán, who is also the promoter of the Spanish Society for the Prevention of Suicide, argues that control is necessary, but that it faces an infinite content that can be used well, to prevent, or badly, to promote.
In addition, it emphasizes that the universality of the Network allows cases such as that of the Basque neighbor that allowed the detention of an Argentine citizen after observing a behavior that incited collective suicide on the Internet. However, he warns that not all networks have the same preventive mechanisms before the enormous potential they have ..
In Spain, Anseán has detected a greater presence of self-harm behaviors, an attitude observed mainly among adolescents, although they are not the only ones, who imitate their group's actions in search of acceptance.