Epic pulls Fortnite ads from YouTube following child exploitation controversy

Epic pulls Fortnite ads from YouTube following child exploitation controversy

Epic pulls Fortnite ads from YouTube following child exploitation controversy

AT&T Inc 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.

The scandal poses a challenge for YouTube because the videos themselves are not necessarily problematic.

Major advertisers like Disney and Nestle are boycotting YouTube due to pedophile networks on the site.

There are further details of videos of young girls playing Twister, engaging in gymnastics, eating popsicles, or playing in a pool that are being attacked by a horde of these degenerates.

"We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors". Some of the children in the videos, most of whom are girls, appear to be as young as five.

Numerous advertisers identified in the video and in a subsequent report by Wired - Epic Games, GNC and Nestlé's companies in the United States - said they had suspended advertising on YouTube.

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Watson also noted that, once he viewed the problematic content in question, he was stuck in a "wormhole" of similar, suggested videos - which contained a slew of pedophilic comments.

YouTube also said "there's more to be done".

"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. "There's more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly", she added.

For example, those videos featured comments from child predators that share time stamps meant to sexualize a child featured in a video that, taken at face value, isn't deemed inappropriate content on its own. As YouTuber Matt Watson observed in a video posted earlier this week that has since gone viral, many of these videos appear to be followed closely by child predators, who add inappropriate comments or add timestamps to moments in the video that appear to sexualize the children. "It goes against everything our company stands for". It has also disabled comments of millions of more videos depicting minors. Nestle US has confirmed the news to Bloomberg.

FILE PHOTO: A picture illustration shows a YouTube logo reflected in a person's eye June 18, 2014. Before Watson created his current YouTube channel, he had one called "Totally Uncreative".

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