BuzzFeed: YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content

BuzzFeed: YouTubers Made Hundreds Of Thousands Off Of Bizarre And Disturbing Child Content. “Before YouTube pulled the ads from ‘Ted’’s channel, it was making him tens of thousands of dollars a month. The father of two, who asked to use a pseudonym for fear of retaliation from YouTube, left a job with a six-figure salary to make YouTube videos of his young kids. These videos feature his children being “scared” by clowns, and adults mock-wrestling and handling a diaper covered in fake poop. As such, they fall into the broad category of ‘family-friendly’ content — that is, home videos featuring children in situations ranging from merely silly to potentially exploitative — which YouTube recently began cracking down on after public outcry and media attention.”

YouTube: Expanding our work against abuse of our platform

YouTube: Expanding our work against abuse of our platform. “In the last year, we took actions to protect our community against violent or extremist content, testing new systems to combat emerging and evolving threats. We tightened our policies on what content can appear on our platform, or earn revenue for creators. We increased our enforcement teams. And we invested in powerful new machine learning technology to scale the efforts of our human moderators to take down videos and comments that violate our policies. Now, we are applying the lessons we’ve learned from our work fighting violent extremism content over the last year in order to tackle other problematic content. Our goal is to stay one step ahead of bad actors, making it harder for policy-violating content to surface or remain on YouTube.”

CNET: YouTube deletes 150,000 videos following boycott

CNET: YouTube deletes 150,000 videos following boycott. “YouTube is trying to clean up its site as it deals with controversies concerning minors on the service. The Google-owned video site has drawn ire because some videos with children were the target of sexually inappropriate comments. In response, YouTube killed hundreds of accounts and removed more than 150,000 videos from the platform this week, a spokeswoman said in a statement. The site also turned off comments on more than 625,000 videos targeted by alleged child predators.”

BBC: Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

BBC: Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension. “Mars, Lidl, Adidas and others have pulled all advertisements from YouTube after some were found next to clips used by predators to target children. Investigations by the BBC and the Times found tens of thousands of ‘predatory’ accounts have been used to leave explicit comments on children’s videos. Problems with the video-sharing site’s reporting system have been blamed for letting the accounts persist. YouTube said it was ‘working urgently’ to clean up the site.”

BuzzFeed: YouTube Is Addressing Its Massive Child Exploitation Problem

BuzzFeed: YouTube Is Addressing Its Massive Child Exploitation Problem. “Across YouTube, an unsettling trend has emerged: Accounts are publishing disturbing and exploitative videos aimed at and starring children in compromising, predatory, or creepy situations — and racking up millions of views. BuzzFeed News has found a number of videos, many of which appear to originate from eastern Europe, that feature young children, often in revealing clothing, placed in vulnerable scenarios. In many instances, they’re restrained with ropes or tape and sometimes crying or in visible distress. In other videos, the children are kidnapped, or made to ‘play doctor’ with an adult. The videos frequently include gross-out themes like injections, eating feces, or needles. Many come from YouTube ‘verified’ channels and have tens of millions of views. After BuzzFeed News brought these videos to the attention of YouTube, they were removed.”

TechCrunch: YouTube terminates exploitive ‘kids’ channel ToyFreaks, says it’s tightening its child endangerment policies

TechCrunch: YouTube terminates exploitive ‘kids’ channel ToyFreaks, says it’s tightening its child endangerment policies. “Following consumer outrage over YouTube’s handling of disturbing videos aimed at children on its network, the company has now banned one of the more controversial kid channels it hosted, Toy Freaks. The channel, the 68th largest on YouTube with over 8.5 million subscribers, was often criticized for its vile and seemingly exploitive videos featuring a dad and his daughters, which many said bordered on abuse.”

Axios: Twitter to revoke “verified” status from accounts violating rules

Axios: Twitter to revoke “verified” status from accounts violating rules. “After pausing new account verifications last week, Twitter said on Wednesday that it will begin to review verified accounts and revoke the status from those whose conduct on the services doesn’t follow the company’s guidelines.”