YouTube loses advertisers over "wormhole into pedophilia ring"

26 February, 2019, 01:47 | Author: Sally Reid
  • Epic Games pulls Fortnite YouTube ads over child predator concerns

YouTube is yet to make an official announcement regarding these changes outside of Twitter replies, but that's not unusual for the platform.

He provided examples of users posting comments on YouTube videos in which they traded social media contacts, provided links to child porn and unlisted videos or left timestamps that showed when kids innocently bared body parts. "I can consistently get access to it from vanilla, never-before-used YouTube accounts via innocuous videos in less than 10 minutes, in sometimes less than five clicks". After clicking on several bikini videos, YouTube's recommendation engine suggests that users watch videos with minors, Watson said. "There's something else entirely to be done, and we keep on attempting to improve and catch abuse more quickly".

Citing sources familiar with the matter, Adweek reported Thursday that YouTube held a conference call with "representatives from all major ad agency holding companies" and other clients in the wake of fresh reports of child exploitation on its platform.

The subtleties originate from YouTube's maker outreach team in response to a video from commentator Philip DeFranco published yesterday evening.

In a statement to GameCentral, a spokesperson for Epic said: 'We have paused all pre-roll advertising.

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A number of leading brands have reportedly withdrawn digital advertising accounts with YouTube amid mounting concern that the video sharing platform has been co-opted by paedophiles to build surreptitious networks.

Epic Games and YouTube will no longer play Fortnite pre-roll ads after an investigation found the ads playing on predator-focused videos.

He said in some cases, he uncovered links to child pornography posted in comments, which had been deleted when reported to YouTube. Google doesn't break out the video site's advertising revenue, though BMO Capital Markets analysts estimated YouTube's sales at US$16.2 billion in 2018.

Watson detailed how Google's video platform has a "wormhole" that can be used to identify videos depicting young girls in activities that could be misconstrued by pedophiles as sexually suggestive.

YouTube is taking steps to clear out disturbing content. Nevertheless, major advertisers like Epic Games, GNC, and Nestlé have responded by dropping advertising from YouTube. YouTube has likewise been detailing comments and accounts to law authorization, which it needs to do in compliance with federal law.


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