San Francisco.- The US website YouTube eliminated more than 150,000 children’s videos that were accompanied by comments in a very inappropriate tone, in some cases pedophile court, said the platform on Thursday, which tries to reassure its advertisers.
It all started with an article published last Friday in the British newspaper The Times that claimed that the ads of major brands (Adidas, Amazon or Mars in particular) appeared on YouTube with videos of children or adolescents, most of the time published innocently but that provoked pedophile comments on the part of the users.
According to other media, several advertisers have decided to stop putting ads on YouTube for this reason. The US computer group HP confirmed to AFP that “they have immediately asked Google to suspend any advertising on YouTube.”
Asked by AFP, YouTube said it “eliminated several hundred accounts and more than 150,000 videos” that had problems. The platform owned by Google, whose digital advertising represents the strength of its income, also banned advertising in “more than 2 million videos and 50,000 channels that were identified as family content but were not.” The company also blocked the “comments in 625,000 videos”.
“We have clear policies against videos and comments on YouTube that sexualize or exploit children and apply them drastically every time we are alerted about that content,” said a YouTube spokesperson.
YouTube claims to have “recently reinforced (its) focus on videos and comments related to children who, while not illegal, are still worrying.”
When asked if the platform suffered the boycott of some advertisers, the spokesperson replied that “no advertising should be disseminated on this content.” “We are working to remedy this situation as soon as possible,” he added.
It is the second time this year that YouTube faces this type of controversy. An article published earlier this year in the Times claimed that the ads appeared close to anti-Semitic content, inciting hatred or advocating terrorism.
Google was then committed to ensuring that its advertisers’ ads did not appear close to contentious content.