What's the deal with disturbing YouTube videos that look like they're for kids but are strange and upsetting?

Picture this: Your kid has settled in to watch what looks like a nice Peppa Pig video. The title of the video looked age-appropriate and your kid instantly recognized the familiar characters. But after a few minutes of normal play, the story goes horribly wrong. The characters start cursing, bleeding violently, or engaging in other disturbing acts. What's up with these strange videos that look like they're for kids but definitely are not? And why does YouTube show them to you?

Weird videos using familiar kids' TV characters are a thing on YouTube. They belong to a category of video called YouTube Poop (YTP). YTP is a mashup of familiar characters, images, and stories that go off the rails. People create them using video-editing software that lets them splice in clips from real shows. Though these videos deceive and scare people, that's not necessarily the creators' intention. More likely, they're trying to impress other fans of YTP (yes, they exist), mock kids' entertainment, and provoke YouTube by exposing weaknesses in the way the company serves up video content. The very fact that you clicked on the video sends data to YouTube that you like the video and want to see more in the same vein.

YouTube's algorithm came under fire when there was a public outcry over these disturbing videos showing up in the YouTube Kids app. In response, Google tightened up the restrictions on the videos it funnels to the YouTube Kids app. The videos could still appear on the main YouTube site. Google wants YouTube to remain a platform where users can express their creativity, and even though these videos are disturbing, they don't always violate YouTube's terms of service.

To reduce the risk of your kids seeing these disturbing videos, there are a few things you can do. In addition to using only the YouTube Kids app, you can make playlists that play strictly pre-approved content, use Restricted Mode, and remember to flag inappropriate videos, so YouTube won't show them to you.

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Kid, 12 years old

The question is, why are you letting your kids watch YouTube in the first place? It was never designed with kids in mind and if your child just wants to watch Peppa pig or whatever, either buy a DVD of it (where there's a 100% chance of nothing going wrong or just *gasp* Watching it on TV like it was meant to be watched! As a child I only watched kids TV and DVDs. The only way I watched online video was on Amazon and YouTube wasn't even a thing I had heard of (of course this changed). TL;DR don't let your kids watch YouTube.
Kid, 11 years old

There are multiple kinds of these, one being YouTube Poops, YTPs for short. YTPs are designed to be offensive as a joke, usually to mock an event or person. A common theme is to make jokes out of school shootings and tragic incidents, or the death of a certain media star/character within the show. Then, there are the other types of videos with strange titles that aimed towards kids, but are really messed up. One I heard of was titled, ¨Mickey Mouse Baby Dies in Gas Explosion Funny Pregnant Minnie Suicide¨ Or something like that. They are aimed towards kids. Overall, some of the best channels for kids are Dude Perfect, Slow-Mo guys, Good mythical morning, Sesame Street and Peanut Butter Gamer. These are all good for both boys and girls and don´t make garbage videos that have 24 ads.