YouTube is finally removing child exploitation videos

YouTube is finally removing child exploitation videos

YouTube is finally removing child exploitation videos

As was previously announced, these videos are not allowed to include advertising. Now, the video sharing platform has shared an update and further steps it will take to combat this content being viewed by children.

Several major companies have pulled their advertising from YouTube after their ads were shown on videos of young children that had attracted scores of comments from pedophiles.

YouTube reiterated its recent toughening of its guidelines for kids programming, noting in the past week it had disabled comments on "thousands of videos" that could be targeted by predators and shut down "hundreds of accounts" of users posting predatory comments.

A blog post earlier this month titled 'Something is wrong on the internet' brought the issue to wider attention, detailing many of worst Elsagate trends such as characters - and occasionally even real children - being forced to consume faeces and urine, enduring injections, suicides, drownings, being buried alive, murders, rapes, swapping heads, cannibalism, babies crying and extreme violence.

In a blog post on its website on Wednesday, Johanna Wright, YouTube's vice president of product management, said the streaming service has removed 50 channels from its website in the past week.

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The presence of those infringing videos, which are aimed at kids, created to excel in YouTube's recommendation algorithm, and populated with popular family characters like Elsa and Spiderman, has triggered a controversy called ElsaGate. The company has also scaled up resources to monitor, review and make decisions with regards to its ads and content policies.

Despite that, it hasn't been enough to convince advertisers and concerned watchers.

A Mars spokesperson said in a comment to the news company: "We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content".

YouTube has become one of Google's fastest-growing operations in terms of sales by simplifying the process of distributing video online but putting in place few limits on content. "Until we have confidence that appropriate safeguards are in place, we will not advertise on YouTube and Google". "While some of these videos may be suitable for adults, others are completely unacceptable, so we are working to remove them from YouTube". With its public image and bottom line under fire, the firm no longer has the luxury of painlessly presenting itself as a faux neutral party in this debate.

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