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PTC Applauds Google’s Plan to Increase Monitoring of Extreme Content on YouTube

PTC President Calls for Additional Monitoring of YouTube Kids

By: Kelly Oliver

Release Date: 12/5/2017

LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2017) – The Parents Television Council released a statement on Google’s announcement that it would add more employees to monitor problematic content on YouTube. (see Google/YouTube announcement)

“We applaud Google’s decision to increase monitoring of violent and extreme content – both the videos and comments – on YouTube. This is a great first step towards not only protecting advertisers, but also protecting the health and safety of young viewers who may be watching. Our past research on YouTube found that children entering ‘child-friendly’ search terms were confronted with highly offensive content in the text commentary posted by other site users. YouTube continues to be a site that needs constant monitoring and today’s announcement should assist with that goal,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Additionally, with YouTube Kids most recently announcing that it is adding safeguards on this site geared specifically for children, we urge the company to extend increased monitoring to this site as well. Safety of kid-targeted content should also be an extremely high priority for Google.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.