kid-oriented videos to prioritize "quality" content, the company said Wednesday. The tweak last month diverted traffic away from some channels and flooded others, according to a Bloomberg article that first reported the news.changed its recommendation for
YouTube confirmed the change in a statement.
"We make hundreds of changes every year to make it easier for people to find what they want to watch on YouTube," the company said. "We recently made one such change that improves the ability for users to find quality family content."
YouTube, Google's massive video service reaching , is among a group of tech giants plagued by backlash to objectionable content on their platforms in recent years. But YouTube's kids-heavy audience -- children's content draws some the biggest views on the service -- heightens the company's challenge of keeping inappropriate content or exploitative practices away from youngsters. YouTube has been criticized for disturbing videos on its , for channels that for ad dollars and for not protecting children from a " ."
YouTube's practices around children triggered aand this year, according to reports.