YouTube Kills 400 Channels For Hosting Pedophilic Comments

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Epic Games pulls Fortnite YouTube ads over child predator concerns

Those critics have said in separate videos online that Watson should have reported the alleged pedophiles through YouTube's own tools, rather than draw media and advertiser attention to the matter and risk costing them revenue.

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

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On Thursday, YouTube told PCMag that it's been cracking down on the child predatory comments by even removing dozens of legitimate videos posted with innocent intentions over fears the content could still be exploited.

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"YouTube's recommended algorithm is facilitating pedophiles' ability to connect with each-other, trade contact info, and link to actual child pornography in the comments", Watson wrote on Reddit.

And, for example, searching for something like "bikini haul" can lead to exploitative videos of children, too, The Verge reports.

It was recently revealed in a video by YouTube user Matt Watson that certain videos on the platform were possibly being targeted by pedophilic rings. "YouTube's algorithm is glitching out to a point that nothing but these videos exist. And of course, there is advertising on some of these videos".

In a sign of the complicated media ecosystem that now exists on YouTube, where individual video creators can earn a share of the site's advertising revenue, the reaction to the story from the wider YouTube community has not been entirely positive. What is problematic about this situation, therefore, is the fact that paedophiles are known to swarm the comment sections of such videos, leaving sexually suggestive comments about some parts of the video that could be compromising when paused. The videos are also being monetized by YouTube, including pre-roll adverts from Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fortnite, Grammarly, L'Oreal, Maybelline, Metro: Exodus, Peloton and SingleMuslims.com. The previous boycott was also due to concerns that its ads could run on videos featuring hate speech or other disturbing material.

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YouTube added that this type of content and language is strictly prohibited on its website and that the company has policies prohibiting the endangerment of minors.

"We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments", a YouTube spokesperson told The Verge.

However, YouTube admits there is still "more to do done" and it continues to work to improve and "catch abuse more quickly".

It's now unknown when, or even if, Epic Games will reinstate their Fortnite pre-roll adverts.

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