August 5, 2022
YouTube child exploitation

YouTube Terminates 400 Channels, Deletes Millions of Comments as High-Profile Advertisers Leave

YouTube child exploitation is the underside of the video hosting site and it’s alive and well, a new expose proves, causing advertisers to leave…

There is no question YouTube reigns as the world’s largest video hosting site. So, its very size means it regularly finds itself in the midst of controversy. Since it hosts so many videos, it’s impossible to vet every single upload.

Shining a light on one particular problem is YouTuber Matt Watson, who has exposed a “wormhole” of pedophile content on the site.

YouTube Child Exploitation Controversy causes Huge Uproar and Response

Like parent company Google, YouTube itself employs various (and unknown) algorithms to populate its recommended videos column. 

To bring this problem to the public’s attention, Watson created a new account in order to demonstrate how incredibly easy it is to fall into said pedophilia “wormhole.” With just a few clicks, the recommendations section fills up with videos which all feature young girls. 

This caused several high-profile brands to suspend their advertising. These include Disney, Nestle, and others. In response, YouTube has already terminated over 400 channels and has also deleted tens of millions of comments. Furthermore, a YouTube spokesperson says:

“Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. 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. There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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