The YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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YouTube videos featuring young children drew nearly triple the average viewership of the platform's other content, according to research released Thursday that provided ammunition for child advocates who want Alphabet Inc. to take more aggressive steps to make its streaming service safer for kids. Pew Research Center said its findings show videos aimed at or featuring children are among YouTube's most popular materials, attracting an outsized audience relative to the number uploaded.Pew researchers said they analyzed activity during the first week of 2019 on nearly 44,000 YouTube channels with more than 250,000 subscribers. Just 2 percent of the 243,000 videos uploaded that week featured at least one individual that looked under 13 years old to human reviewers. YouTube's policies ban children under 13 from using its main service and instead direct them to its curated YouTube Kids app.
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