YouTube ‘paedophilia ring’ scandal: More than 400 channels banned

A YouTube spokesperson sent a statement to TechCrunch that said "Any content - including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube".

As Watson noted in his video, this is a problem that YouTube has been battling for years.

The details of the eliminations came from YouTube's creator outreach team in response to a video published by commentator Philip DeFranco.

Most shocking of all, Watson shows that videos of this nature were monetized and ran ads from YouTube's advertising partners.

Watson's video shows that YouTube's comments section, when it comes to giving child predators a forum in which they can indulge their predilections, goes beyond vile and into the realm of risky. 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.

According to Wired, pedophiles were making sexually explicit comments on videos of "children showing their exposed buttocks, underwear and genitals", and "little girls playing Twister, doing gymnastics, playing in the pool and eating ice lollies", which received millions of views. One of the channels that have since been demonetized, VAXXED TV, has more than 55,000 subscribers and has posted dozens of videos linking vaccines to autism or alleged other injuries.

Many on social media have given their view, one user wrote, "Basically, YouTube seems to be hatching a plan to enforce a new policy that will say "no children allowed in videos", and another said, "YouTube shooting themselves in the foot by taking nice things away from nice people because of awful ones".

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The old adage that it takes years to build a reputation but just moments to lose one seems particularly apt with regards to the increasingly-tense situation between YouTube and its advertisers.

YouTube is now, frantically trying to deal with a wave of inappropriate videos and comments on the site about underage children.

Since the backlash in 2017, YouTube has outlined steps it is taking to improve safety on its Kids app.

The issue has been circulating the YouTube platform for several days.

Dr. Oetker asked YouTube "to explain how it could happen that advertising of our company was placed in an environment that we strictly reject and consider highly reprehensible ethically", the company said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Nestle said that the food and drink conglomerate has chose to "pause advertising on Youtube globally" following the discovery that "an extremely low volume" of their ads were shown on the videos in question. Even when brands have kept off YouTube for a significant amount of time, they haven't stopped paying Google to spread their message on search results and through display ads across the web.

  • Anthony Vega