More than 400 channels were deleted by YouTube yesterday (21). YouTube has suffered pressure in recent days. Users have reported actions involving child sexual exploitation on the platform. Sponsor brands also repudiated the actions. In addition to channels, YouTube also took millions of user reviews out of the air.
About trademarks, AT & T has removed all active advertisements on YouTube. In this way, the American operator joined other companies that decided to cancel the advertising budget. For instance, Disney, Nestlé and Epic Games, developer of Fortnite.
Any content – including comments – that puts minors in danger is repulsive and we have clear policies that prohibit this on YouTube
YouTube has a note on the case
YouTube has a note on the case: “Any content – including comments – that puts minors in danger is repulsive. And we have clear policies that prohibit this on YouTube. We take immediate action, removing accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to the authorities, and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos including minors. There is more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and identify abuses more quickly. “
Last week, more precisely on the 17th, video blogger Matt Watson posted 20 minutes of a personal investigation. It exposed a “network of pedophiles” that exploits YouTube algorithms in “hunting” their targets. Criminals find videos of children and mark in the comments the fragments in which they are in sexually suggestive positions. At least in their minds.
The whole situation was so wide open that the very members of this sick community began to exchange other messages in their own comments, indicating more content. And even created their channels with that subject. YouTube’s design was to suggest material similar to what you see. So the users accused the platform of facilitating the action of these people without any restriction to this type of behavior.