Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Advertisers back away from YouTube over comments from pedophiles

Advertisers back away from YouTube over comments from pedophiles

Adweek reported that it spoke with one agency individual who raised concerns about YouTube's ability to manage the problem, particularly given the fact that this is not the first time the company has been forced to confront this issue.

The video sharing platform has announced that it has canceled and closed more than 400 channels in the last days and disabled comments on tens of millions of videos as a result of the controversy that emerged on the network.

YouTube stated that "all of us at YouTube are working incredibly hard to root out terrible behaviour on our platform.There is more to be done and we are continuing to grow our team in order to keep people safe".

Epic Games has chose to suspend pre-roll ads on YouTube after commercials were seen on videos within a "network of pedophiles".

"Any content, including comments, that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube", Chi Hea Cho, a spokeswoman for YouTube's parent company, Google, told reporters.

Watson said that some of the YouTube videos feature ads for big-name companies, including Disney.

YouTube has blown up this week over revelations that child predators have been using a combination of seemingly harmless videos and the site's comments section to engage in predatory behaviour. A report from the Times of London in December found that YouTube was failing to remove flagged instances of child exploitation on livestreaming videos in a timely matter. YouTube says it has to think about user privacy before opening to third parties that could poke around its platform.

If you wish to watch Watson's video, and you should, hit up the link. YouTube has said it removed the search terms and is taking offending videos out of suggestions. Since Newsweek reports, YouTube's calculations appear to have accepted the acronym to mean child pornography.

YouTuber Matt "MattsWhatItIs" Watson uncovered the issue during a video in mid February, where he noted that he was able to find suggestive videos of young girls within five clicks on the site.

YouTube said on Thursday it has taken aggressive action after a video creator accused the platform of aiding pedophiles in finding clips of young girls. And what we're talking about here is not the videos they create, but disturbing comments they leave under otherwise normal videos of children, and there are sometimes ads on these videos.

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