Incident 1: Google’s YouTube Kids App Presents Inappropriate Content
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The content filtering system for YouTube's children's entertainment app, which incorporated algorithmic filters and human reviewers, failed to screen out inappropriate material, exposing an unknown number of children to videos that included sex, drugs, violence, profanity, and conspiracy theories. Many of the videos, which apparently numbered in the thousands, closely resembled popular children's cartoons such as Peppa Pig, but included disturbing or age-inappropriate content. Additional filters provided by YouTube, such as a "restricted mode" filter, failed to block all of these videos, and YouTube's recommendation algorithm recommended them to child viewers, increasing the harm. The problem was reported as early as 2015 and was ongoing through 2018.
YouTube’s content filtering and recommendation algorithms exposed children to disturbing and inappropriate videos.
Harm Distribution Basis
AI System Description
"A content filtering system incorporating machine learning algorithms and human reviewers. The system was meant to screen out videos that were unsuitable for children to view or that violated YouTube's terms of service. These videos were initially collected either algorithmically or on the basis of user reports. A recommendation system that suggested videos to viewers based on their viewing history on the platform."
Sector of Deployment
Arts, entertainment and recreation
Relevant AI functions
Perception, Cognition, Action
content filtering, decision support, curation, recommendation engine
Google, YouTube, YouTube Kids
GMF Taxonomy ClassificationsTaxonomy Details
Known AI Goal
Content Recommendation, Content Search, Hate Speech Detection, NSFW Content Detection
Known AI Technology
Content-based Filtering, Collaborative Filtering
Potential AI Technology
Classification, Ensemble Aggregation, Distributional Learning
Known AI Technical Failure
Tuning Issues, Lack of Adversarial Robustness, Adversarial Data
Potential AI Technical Failure
Concept Drift, Generalization Failure, Misconfigured Aggregation, Distributional Bias, Misaligned Objective
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