Numerous world's biggest companies are pulling their advertising from YouTube in response to a scandal involving a paedophilia community congregating in plain sight in the comments of videos posted on the popular website. This time, it's how videos of minors are being used to create what one video blogger called a "soft-core pedophilia ring". YouTube's suggestion function directs many potential pedophiles to comparable movies, Watson famous within the video, which has acquired greater than 1 million views as of Wednesday.
The furor over the child videos is a fresh blow to YouTube's reputation for policing sensitive content.
As YouTube scrambles to tackle a network of child exploitation in the comments section of its platform, some creators have voiced concern about what will happen if their videos are demonetised amid advertiser pull-outs and crackdowns on content.
"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", YouTube said through a spokesperson. "We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments".
This is also a reason to strongly reconsider your child's access to YouTube, even if they only watch a specific type of video or YouTuber, because the YouTube recommendation system could potentially show questionable videos with comments no one, but especially your kids, should ever see.
Alongside the decision to remove ads, it said it was also trying to make "more authoritative content" easier to find on the benefits of vaccination and was also stopping anti-vaccine videos appearing in recommendation lists. YouTube was also recently blamed for the rise of the Flat Earth movement.
Let's hope YouTube solve the problem soon.
YouTube has since prevented all three channels from running ads, after BuzzFeed News brought the matter to the company's intention. Other companies like Peloton are looking into this situation as well. "There's extra to be finished, and we proceed to work to enhance and catch abuse extra rapidly".
However, earlier this week, YouTube said it was terminating accounts and channels that have violated the platform's policies. Of the changes, YouTube said they "will be gradual and will get more and more accurate over time".
YouTube did not respond to an initial question about the potential for trolls to harass content creators and impact their ad revenue.