Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

YouTube shuts down 400 channels amidst child exploitation controversy

YouTube shuts down 400 channels amidst child exploitation controversy

He detailed how pedophiles are using YouTube to connect with each other and share links to child pornography through comments.

The media agency executive says brand ads on YouTube serve billions of impressions for marketers, so the fact that one or two appear on videos like those pointed out by Watson is terrible, but considering it's out of a few billion, it's a ratio those marketers have to live with because they need YouTube to communicate to their audience.

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. The site has a major problem with videos of minors being uploaded that are not necessarily inappropriate at first glance, but which are uploaded and sought out by pedophiles. This is despite the fact that the video of the child isn't necessarily suggestive or sexual in nature.

The company also disabled comments on millions of videos featuring minors. Similar to the reactions regarding the 2017 "Elsagate" scandal, many companies including Disney and Nestle, began to temporarily suspend their advertisements across the platform.

"We have received reassuring information from Google on temporary actions being taken and will revise our decision upon confirmation of those actions and our investigation being completed", the spokesperson said.

The platform has also reported comments to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is taking further steps against child exploitation, including hiring more experts. Numerous videos have been seen by hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of viewers, and they have hundreds of comments. 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.

YouTube has announced that it will no longer allow to monetise channels, which promote anti-vaccination content after it was found that ads, including some from health companies, were running alongside anti-vaccination videos. "We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments".

YouTube has been under scrutiny by content creators for their quickly-changing policies over the last 18 months.

YouTube's response to the post garnered mass backlash, as the site claimed that offensive comments could result in the demonetization of a video - even if the video's content is in line with its terms of service.

Of course, all throughout this disturbing process, brand ads appear right alongside the videos.

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