Suicide Instructions Found On YouTube, Horrified Mom Found Video On YouTube Kids
Technology has become so powerful today. The use of it has no age limit any user no matter what age can just have access on it. Thus, some parents are allowing their kids to use it. One media platform becomes popular because it caters videos for all age groups. Now, one mom was horrified as she found out that the video that her kid was watching has some suicide instructions.
The instructions for the suicide attempt was embedded between the YouTube video of the popular Nintendo game Splatoon. It was delivered by a man who speaks in front of a green screen. He said while doing a cutting motion on his forearm. "Remember kids, sideways for attention, longways for results. End it."
The man that has been featured is a YouTuber named Filthy Frank. He has over 6.2 million subscribers and claims to be "the embodiment of everything a person should not be." However, there was no solid evidence that Frank was part of the doctored video. Filthy Franks's real name is George Miller, according to CBS News.
In line, Free Hess found the YouTube video last week. She then posted on her blog warning parents about the danger of the video. She wrote posted it on her blog -- warning other parents to take control over what their kids may be watching. "Looking at the comments, it had been up for a while, and people had even reported it eight months prior." After she had released her blog, the media platform took down the video. She indicated that the video violated the website's guidelines.
Furthermore, Hess added that the suicide rate in children has become higher over the last few years. She then made it her mission to give awareness to disturbing and violent content that is being consumed by kids especially in social media. On Friday, she already spotted and reported seven disturbing videos on YouTube kids, according to NewsWeek.
Hess also added that YouTube kids are supposed to be a kid-friendly version of the popular site. However, trolls always find ways around the site's algorithm and post harmful videos. She said that "I had to stop, but I could have kept going. Once you start looking into it, things get darker and weirder. I don't understand how it's not getting caught. They're awful. Absolutely awful."
As follows, a spokesperson from YouTube said on Friday that the site is working hard to ensure subscribers not to have videos that encourage dangerous behavior. He added that the site has a strict policy. It does not allow videos that promote self-harm.