YouTube kills 400 channels for hosting pedophilic comments

YouTube kills 400 channels for hosting pedophilic comments
YouTube kills 400 channels for hosting pedophilic comments
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25 February, 2019

Dallas-based AT&T Corp. and several other major companies have pulled spending from YouTube after the businesses' advertisements were displayed on videos with pedophilic comments and activity.

Watson alleged in his video that Youtube's monetisation scheme means that the platform profits off of the traffic the "pedophile ring" generates.

Jessica went on to explain the comments are "highly monitored" but YouTube has stated they have taken this "aggressive approach" due to "an abundance of caution related to content that may endanger minors".

The videos are extremely typical content, like parents sharing sweet moments or adorable clips of their precocious children, or amusing content created and geared towards other children.

In it is a collection of clips, many of them innocent, that show kids doing things like gymnastics, stretching, playing Twister, or simply hanging out with friends - nothing that would get the videos blocked by content filters.

Although all platforms increased efforts in that front, it seems they also have other, equally important areas to cover. This is despite the fact that the video of the child isn't necessarily suggestive or sexual in nature. While the videos themselves could be something simple that the child wanted to share, the comment section on these types of videos is absolutely atrocious and full of child predators taking advantage of the content that is in the video.

The company even has specifically addressed guidelines in place for predatory behavior in videos for children since 2017 to enable the advertisers to control where they want their ads to be placed. Other companies that confirmed publicly they are pausing YouTube advertising include Purina, GNC, Fairlife, Canada Goose and Vitacost. "We will revise our decision upon completion of current measures being taken by Google to ensure Nestle advertising standards are met".

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Side note: YouTube, instead of penalising innocent content creators, such as Jessica and her wonderful family, perhaps focus on introducing a new system that filters out, or better yet, blocks hateful, "illegal comments".

The details of the eliminations came from YouTube's creator outreach team in response to a video published by commentator Philip DeFranco. The company said it removed dozens of videos that would put young people at risk and changed search auto-completes that led to the content.

In a statement to the outlet Friday, YouTube said that its existing policies prohibiting the monetization of "harmful and dangerous" content covered anti-vaccination videos.

"With regard to the actions that we've taken, even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads", Team YouTube wrote.

YouTube on Tuesday released an updated policy about how it will handle content that "crosses the line" of appropriateness.

The organization says it's restricted advertising and commenting on millions of videos, prohibited many channels, and balanced its recommendation algorithm to restrict the reach of videos that had ruthless comments. Children under 13 are not allowed to create or own accounts under YouTube's terms of service.


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