A debate over YouTube this week broke. In video, one of the platform content producers, Matt Watson, YouTube improved and called what called "failure": a network of pedophiles use terms such as "bikini girls" to find videos of children in bathing suits, play sports or on the beach.
These users used the space of comments to direct children and adolescents, keeping in touch with each other, showing video frames where the children were open, and even exchanged videos who have not listed on YouTube searches.
According to Watson, they also downloaded the videos and uploaded to their own channels to prevent them from being removed by the original users.
In the video, Watson shows that a new account on YouTube can access some of the videos used by these pedophiles in about five clicks, as the video network recommends content for users. For him, the most stunning thing is that some of these videos are adapted and advertise. "This exploits children," he said.
To prove his point, Watson uses VPN to perform a new connection and count that has never been used. With some clicks, it's in a video of small bikini girls, with almost 1 million views, with a recommendation sidebar full of similar videos.
Some of the currently recommended videos have titles in Portuguese. According to YouTube, all arguments are still "under investigation, so at the moment we do not have any information about effects in Brazil. If this is the case, we will take any action with competent authorities. "
Video with Matt Watson's presenter presenting the problem, with pedophile comments and recommendations made by children. – Photo: Reproduction
The problem has created a growth in companies that make advertisements on YouTube. Nestle, McDonald's, Disney, Epic Games, AT & T and other companies have withdrawn their platforms advertisements after the debate.
Watson says that he is not the first person to talk about and shows some reports that have referred to a similar problem.
A YouTube spokesman in Brazil said that the last 48 hours platform took "aggressive measures" to give up this problem: more than 400 accounts have delete in recent days, thousands of videos have removed the platform and tens of millions of comments have been deleted.
"We close the channels and report all such comments and material to the competent authorities in the United States to carry out investigations to this. We have a job very close to the authorities in terms of this matter, "said the spokesman at the G1.
According to YouTube, videos will not be posted initially with this context, many of which show children and children in everyday activities. "We took these videos off the air. They were posted innocently and taken out of context."
YouTube also made it clear that it has a limited age policy and does not allow children under 13 to create accounts on stage. This measure is part of an international decision of the name COPPA, which establishes guidelines for protecting children's privacy on the Internet.
Read the full statement of YouTube to G1:
"Any content – including comments – which means underage at risk is intrusive and we have clear policies that exclude this on YouTube. We take immediate action, eliminate accounts and channels , reports illegal activities to the authorities, and disables comments on tens of millions of videos including minors. More to do and we continue to work to improve and identify abuser faster . "