Major advertisers have bailed on YouTube following a string of reports about pedophilia-themed content being made available on the video hosting service. Countless accounts accruing millions of views and subscribers have been posting and hosting video content featuring popular kids characters in adult situations, engaging in overt violence and sexually-themed situations. In response, YouTube decided to finally start cracking down on the content as well as adding age-restrictions to videos featuring popular kids characters in mature-themed situations.
Outlets like Time recently reported that many advertisers had been funding pedophilia-themed videos on YouTube, including lots of videos featuring what they claim are “young Slavic girls” in compromising situations. Using specific keywords to find the content, viewers were able to witness and comment on videos featuring young kids in disturbing situations, obviously aimed at arousing pedophiles.
There were many complaints directed toward YouTube for allowing the content, but nothing happened until the media began reporting on it.
Following the Time piece and a BBC article, The Guardian published a piece on November 24th, 2017 revealing that many major advertisers have pulled out of YouTube to avoid funding video content that many believe funds pedophile networks.
Major advertisers like Mars and Cadbury, Lidl, Yamaha, O2, HP, the Deutsche Bank, Adidas and others have all pulled their support from YouTube.
The Guardian was sent a statement from a Mars representative who stated…
“We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content. We have taken the decision to immediately suspend all our online advertising on YouTube and Google globally. Until we have confidence that appropriate safeguards are in place, we will not advertise on YouTube and Google.”
YouTube Tim Pool did a video discussing what kind of content was present on YouTube, along with the kind of comments that went along with them.
While Google’s algorithm has been used in the past to strike down anti-SJW content, Republican viewpoints, and what they deem as Conservative propaganda, the algorithm didn’t touch pedophilic commentary from users. This was something that caught the attention of some users given that anti-SJW rhetoric in video comment sections (in addition to titles, descriptions and tags) is part of the flagging system they use to add a channel to their demonetization blacklist.
Obviously there was outrage over the fact that anti-SJWs were being flagged and demonetized but not video channels hosting pedophilia-themed content.
YouTube responded on November 22nd, 2017 by amending their policies and attempting to assuage advertisers by stating that they would be cracking down on these channels, removing more than 50 of them from the service.
In the post, YouTube VP of product management, Johanna Wright, explained…
“We have always had strict policies against child endangerment, and we partner closely with regional authorities and experts to help us enforce these policies and report to law enforcement through NCMEC. In the last couple of weeks we expanded our enforcement guidelines around removing content featuring minors that may be endangering a child, even if that was not the uploader’s intent. In the last week we terminated over 50 channels and have removed thousands of videos under these guidelines, and we will continue to work quickly to remove more every day. “
Many people were outraged that it took this long for YouTube to finally crackdown on this kind of content, yet the company was extremely proactive in silencing anti-SJW channels, demonetizing Conservative channels, and creating a partisan landscape of monetization affability toward specific sociopolitical viewpoints. They even took things a step further with their Limited State Content Policy that hides certain videos that contains political, social, and cultural viewpoints that Google determined to be “dangerous” for public consumption.
Obviously, many parents were incensed that pedophile-oriented videos were somehow okay for so long with nothing being done about it. One user named Liam wrote…
“Why has it taken so long for this much needed action to be taken? I can’t imagine that these videos with millions of views were not flagged countless times before the recent media coverage. While I’m glad that something is being done now, I’m very confused by the lack of previous enforcement. The removal of these videos and suspension of the channels should not be the result of press coverage, it should have been the result of the no doubt thousands of reports that these creepy, exploitative videos received before any journalists decided to write about them.”
It seems as if the awareness of the #MeToo campaign has finally started to get people to look into the darker areas of society. While outing moguls for groping and having tech evangelists fired for drunken wantonness is one thing, getting pedophile rings shut down is a completely different ball game.
Last year the media was intent on squashing any investigations into things like #PizzaGate, but now that the floodgates of finger-pointing are open and exploitation across the board has been put between the cross hairs, it looks like we might finally start seeing some traction in getting some of these child abuse rings getting shut down.
(Thanks for the news tip Disqusted)