Nestle, AT&T pull YouTube ads over pedophile concerns

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DeFranco in his video noted that this may not be YouTube problem so much as it is the problem of the current online domain.

On Thursday, YouTube said it disabled comments on tens of millions of videos and took down 400 channels, and it is working with authorities to investigate any illegal activity. "I can consistently get access to it from vanilla, never-before-used YouTube accounts via innocuous videos in less than ten minutes, in sometimes less than five clicks". YouTube's recommendation feature directs many potential pedophiles to similar videos, Watson noted in the video, which has received more than 1 million views as of Wednesday. In many of them, children are playing or trying on clothes, and while this could be considered harmless content, the comments sections are filled with child predators sharing links to worse content or directing other pedophiles to moments in the videos. "There's something else entirely to be done, and we keep on attempting to improve and catch abuse more quickly".

With this, the telecom giant has joined companies like Disney, Nestle and Fortnite maker Epic Games in pulling ads from YouTube while the paedophilia content issue persists.

Segarra: Yes. In 2017, hundreds of big companies stopped advertising on YouTube because they didn't want their ads running next to videos of hate speech or ones that touted terrorism.

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Following a recent Reddit post showing off how YouTube did nothing to stop this - and even how they were able to make money off of it - talk surrounding the platform became much more heated.

Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, has since chose to pull pre-roll ads from the platform until the issue is resolved. It is a fresh wave of the identical type of concern that came across the 'adpocalypse, ' and Fortnite writer Epic has pulled ads from YouTube while it waits to your website in order to do it with this content. The videos he reported have apparently since been removed by YouTube. The company also said it is changing its algorithms in light of the controversy and removing accounts that "belonged to bad actors". One aspect of its approach was blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors.

David Brancaccio: This isn't the first time advertisers have pulled back from YouTube? The company has also been taking up such nasty comments and accounts to law enforcement, which it has to do in compliance with the United States federal law.

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