YouTube says it will block predatory comment sections on videos of minors


One of those terminated channels was Toy Freaks, who, as CrimeOnline previously reported, uploaded multiple videos that featured IL dad Greg Chism tormenting his young daughters and posing them in ways that appealed to pedophiles.

YouTube will crack down on channels that make money from advertising by showing these kinds of videos. A child watching a series of videos of Peppa Pig might stumble upon a channel that shows the character drinking bleach.

The Buzzfeed report emerged after an activist called Matan Uziel complained about a severe lack of action from the platform after reporting "tens of thousands of videos available on YouTube that we know are crafted to serve as eye candy for perverted, creepy adults".

There's been a growing trend of content on YouTube that pretends to be kid-friendly, but is anything but. The same channel shows Mickey Mouse kidnapping a child and Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent pregnant in a bikini on a beach cuddling up to a shirtless, sleeping Spiderman. "It's not always clear that the uploader of the content intends to break our rules, but we may still remove their videos to help protect viewers, uploaders and children".

Other videos show adults placing children in disturbing, uncomfortable situations. This is a stepping up of enforcement on a policy already in place, and Google is pulling in artificial intelligence by using machine learning techniques to more readily identify and flag these videos.

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YouTube on Wednesday said it's begun purging these disturbing sideshows and cracking down on channels ripe with harrowingly specific fetishes.

YouTube detailed five ways the company is approaching the issue to eliminate the horrific videos. At the time, YouTube removed several of the videos provided by The Verge, some of which had hundreds of thousands or more views. It specified that any video that will depict content where the characters engage in 'violent, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate behaviour will see their advertisement stripped off.

YouTube will also provide guidance for creators who make family-friendly content; the company plans to release a comprehensive guide in the coming weeks on how creators can make enriching family content for the app.

YouTube will also remove ads from inappropriate videos targeting families.

YouTube take in to account user feedback, expert opinion, and an automated computer programme to help them decide which content should be removed from YouTube. "These latest enforcement changes will take shape over the weeks and months ahead as we work to tackle this evolving challenge".