YouTube reveals Safety Mode to filter content

11 Feb 2010

YouTube has introduced a new opt-in safety setting that allows users to screen out potentially objectionable content. Parents, for example, can use it to make sure kids don’t see potentially harmful content.

“An example of this type of content might be a newsworthy video that contains graphic violence, such as a political protest or war coverage,” the company said.

“While no filter is 100pc perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site.”

Users can opt in to Safety Mode by clicking on the link at the bottom of any video page. You can even lock your choice on that browser with your YouTube password.

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YouTube said that all content must still comply with its community guidelines.

“Safety Mode isn’t foolproof, but it provides a greater degree of control over your YouTube experience. Safety Mode is rolling out to all users throughout the day, watch for the new link at the bottom of any YouTube page,” the company said this morning.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years