Google-owned YouTube is dealing with an exodus of some of its major advertisers in the wake of disturbing claims that pedophiles have been infiltrating the comments section of videos featuring children, seemingly without consequence, until now. And YouTube's own technology may be perpetuating this disturbing trend.
On Feb. 17, a YouTube user by the name of Matt Watson published a video titled "Youtube is Facilitating the Sexual Exploitation of Children, and it's Being Monetized (2019)." The video itself, which has racked up nearly 2.5 million views as of this writing, is difficult to watch, and what Watson found is even more chilling. Watch at your own risk.
Watson discovered a myriad of YouTube videos featuring children engaged in otherwise innocuous activities, like doing gymnastics or dancing with friends, that were filled with sickening comments from apparent pedophiles. The users were interacting with each other, sexually objectifying minors and even reportedly trading links to actual child pornography.
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Watson eventually found that some of these videos were accompanied by advertisements from companies large and small, meaning the videos where these disturbing exchanges were unfolding had been "monetized."
"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. "
"You're in the car and you've got your kids, and you're busy, and you hand them a tablet or they've got a phone and they're watching YouTube videos – kids videos – and nothing wrong until you go down in the comments section, "explained Kurt" The Cyberguy "Knutson.
"As it turns out nobody but nobody is stopping these disgusting human beings from doing perverted things online," Knutson added in an interview with Fox & Friends.
Responding to a request for comment for this story, YouTube said: "Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube." The video streaming giant added it "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. "
YouTube acknowledged "