YouTube still involved in a controversy of child pornography

YouTube (Google) said on Thursday it pulled millions of comments and removed accounts apparently used by pedophiles to transmit videos of children, a problem that pushed some brands to remove their ads from the site

According to a blogger's video posted on the internet this weekend, users manage to get in touch with each other and to transmit videos of children quite harmless, for example little girls doing sports or yoga but which interests pedophiles.  

According to this blogger, these users use the comments under these videos to identify and transmit content. They are able to get around YouTube's prohibitions on child pornography and create a sort of "network" of pedophiles.  

The blogger believes that the algorithm of the platform facilitates these actions, recommending users to other similar videos, and is indignant that these videos are actually "monetized", since advertisements appear at the beginning or next.

That's what prompted Epic Games (behind the successful Fortnite game ) or Nestlé to remove their YouTube ads for now. According to the US press, Disney and AT & T have done the same

Already facing past boycotts of advertisers, YouTube said Thursday that it "immediately took the corresponding action, removing channels and accounts, reporting illegal activity to the authorities, and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos including minors, "said a spokesperson.

"There is still more to do, and we continue to work to improve our system and be even quicker to deal with these abuses," he continued.

The platform adds that it has taken "beyond what was reported", removing thousands of inappropriate comments, reporting illegal comments to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and removing "dozens of videos." online with legitimate intentions but clearly putting minors in danger. "

By November 2017, YouTube had erased tens of thousands of children's videos that included uncomfortable, even pedophile comments, trying to reassure concerned advertisers, some of whom had decided to remove their ads from the platform. .

"We have clear policies against videos and comments on YouTube that sexualize or exploit children, and we apply them drastically every time we are alerted to such content," said a spokesperson for YouTube.  

A few months ago, several major advertisers, including Procter & Gamble and AT & T, had already withdrawn their campaigns from YouTube, when it appeared that ads were backed by anti-Semitic content, inciting hatred, or apologizing for hate speech. terrorism.

The scandal sparked debates over brand safety , the need for brands to prevent their ads from appearing in an inappropriate environment.

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