YouTube investigates reports of child abuse terms in auto-fill searches

Users reported seeing ‘s*x with your kids’ and other variants after entering phrase ‘how to have’ on Google-owned site

YouTube is investigating reports that its auto-fill search features are suggesting “profoundly disturbing” child abuse terms.

Users reported seeing auto-suggestions of “s*x with your kids” and other variants after entering the phrase “how to have” in the search box on the Google-owned site. Experts have speculated that the search terms – several of which use the asterisked word “s*x” – may have been deliberately aimed at embarrassing the site, avoiding YouTube’s filters for terms such as “sex”.

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