Here's what parents need to know about YouTube's pedophile problem

What you need to know about YouTube’s pedophile problem

What you need to know about YouTube’s pedophile problem

Matt Watson says he may be leaving YouTube-and as a result of his detectiving, so are some big advertisers, at least for now. Watson says pedophiles who frequent the site are meeting up in the comments section of often-innocent videos featuring children to swap social media contact info, send along links to child porn, and even list time stamps to alert others on what spots in the videos kids can be found in "compromising positions".

In its rush to rid itself of disgusting comments about young children on its site, YouTube said in a series of tweets on Thursday that videos could be stripped of advertising revenue if the comment section is deemed inappropriate.

She said that the company took "immediate action" by deleting over 400 YouTube channels because of comments that they'd left on videos.

Team YouTube has since clarified that this policy is strictly in relation to content that "endangers minors", and is in no way in response to general, "hateful" comments.

Additionally, DeFranco stated that YouTube is prioritizing disabling comments over demonetizing videos.

But the latest flap shows how much of an ongoing problem offensive content continues to be, said eMarketer video analyst Paul Verna.

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AT&T pulled all its advertising from Alphabet Inc.'s YouTube for the second time in two years after a magazine reported the platform displayed ads next to videos that showed the exploitation of children. This makes NO SENSE. YouTube responded that these recent actions were due to an "abundance of caution".

One Twitter user wrote, "So if anyone brigades and comments on a video they don't like, with offensive language, the video creator will be punished?" These are the types of videos on YouTube that Fortnite ads would play over as well as ads for other companies.

In response to the mother then claiming that she moderates the comments on her videos, YouTube added, "Just to be super clear, we're not saying anything is wrong with the actual video and thank you for doing a great job moderating the comments section".

Back in 2017, YouTube got in trouble for monetizing disturbing videos meant for kids, such as a Claymation Spiderman urinating on Elsa of Frozen and a cartoon showing Mickey Mouse lying in the street in a pool of blood as Minnie Mouse looks on. YouTube also said it isn't looking at entire channels for limited ads.

Update 11:14am CT, Feb. 22: A YouTube spokesperson told the Daily Dot on Friday that the platform has deemed it necessary at this point to limit the ads on videos that could be at risk for predatory comments.

Google does not specify its revenue from YouTube.

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