Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
Money | By Arnold Ball

Advertisers Abandon YouTube Over Concerns That Pedophiles Lurk In Comments Section

Advertisers Abandon YouTube Over Concerns That Pedophiles Lurk In Comments Section

Over the years, we've written about many issues that parents need to be aware of when it comes to the content on YouTube.

YouTube said Friday that it would pull advertising from videos that espouse anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, according to BuzzFeed.

"Every quarter, we remove millions of videos and channels that violate our policies, and we remove the majority of these videos before they have any views".

In light of the paedophilia ring concerns by users, YouTube has reportedly banned hundreds of channels and disabled comments for content that promoted child exploitation.

YouTube has run into this kind of problem in the past.

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

"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".

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Seemingly innocent videos of children, dancing or taking part in gymnastics, for instance, are being shared as sexually suggestive posts.

According to The Independent, the developers of Fortnite, Disney and other major companies are horrified over the way videos of children are being used.

Seven different advertisers said they were not aware their ads were being served alongside anti-vaccination content that was found on channels such as VAXXED TV, LarryCook333, and iHealthTube, all of which have since been demonized by YouTube. The video hosting giant also stated that any content that endangers the minors is non-acceptable on their platform and the company continues to improve its efficiencies to eliminate such abuse more quickly in the future. The controversy surrounds certain videos on YouTube that alleged predators are using to exploit children. Others are uploaded from accounts that seem to collect videos of minors.

There's more to be done in this public health battle, but changing algorithmic recommendations, and cutting off funding sources for these viral videos is a start. YouTube is also shutting the comments off of millions of videos of minors to curb the problem for the time being.

United Kingdom ad agency Havas halted its clients' YouTube and Google ad buys after similar reports appeared in The Times and The Guardian.

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.

Apparently, searching for typical videos on YouTube like women showing off their "bikini haul" can lead to other videos showcasing children in exploitative ways.

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