Here's what parents need to know about YouTube's pedophile problem

25 February, 2019, 00:31 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Earlier this week Disney Nestle and Epic Games — which makes Fortnite — pulled their ads from YouTube which is owned by Google

A spokesperson for Epic Games confirmed that the company behind Fortnite has suspended "pre-roll advertising" and "reached out to Google/YouTube to determine actions they'll take to eliminate this type of content from their service". Most recently, channels promoting anti-vaccination, alternative and holistic medicine, or other forms of pseudoscience have been demonetized and prevented from running ads.

"(2/2) 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 (yellow icon).

A spokesperson for Nestle said that the food and drink conglomerate has made a decision to "pause advertising on Youtube globally" following the discovery that "an extremely low volume" of their ads were shown on the videos in question.

This purge of comments and channel terminations follows after a USA man, called Matt Watson, uploaded a video titled YouTube Is Facilitating the Sexual Exploitation of Children, and it's Being Monetised (2019) which caused a huge backlash from YouTuber Keem Star who shared his thoughts on his channel DramaAlert.

So videos spreading anti-vaccination information won't be able to make money.

"We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies". They wanted to work together on the Problem, quoted a spokesman of Youtube in the US-industry portal "The Verge". In 2017, YouTube videos of children were also attracting comments from pedophiles, which prompted some major brands to cancel advertising over the platform.

According to Wired, pedophiles were making sexually explicit comments on videos of "children showing their exposed buttocks, underwear and genitals", and "little girls playing Twister, doing gymnastics, playing in the pool and eating ice lollies", which received millions of views.

YouTube derives most of its revenue from advertising, and it has been one of Google's fastest-growing units as consumers spend an increasing amount of time watching videos online.

YouTube has also been reporting the comments and accounts to the law enforcement agencies that comply with the federal law.

It also said it had disabled comments on tens of millions of videos that "could be subject to predatory comments".

Nestle SA, AT&T Inc. and a slew of others paused their ads on Google's video-sharing site after a blogger showed how YouTube can be used to forge networks of people engaged in child exploitation.

LOS ANGELES - YouTube, under fire for facilitating the spread of conspiracy theories and other misinformation, said it will no longer serve ads on channels that espouse anti-vaccination rhetoric.

AT&T returned to YouTube in January this year.



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