Advertisers on youtube apparently rely upon youtube to place their ads on whatever videos youtube decides to put them on.
Since I pay no attention to ads online, I don’t care where an ad shows up. I ignore them all.
But advertisers would naturally be sensitive to having their name associated with child abuse. Therein lies the story of youtube responding to ad cancellations revolving around pedophiles lurking around select youtube content.
New York Post
YouTube has a perv problem.
The streaming-video giant has seen a slew of big brands — including Adidas, Deutsche Bank, Amazon and Oreo maker Mondelez — yank ads after a UK newspaper revealed on Friday they got paired with videos of scantily clad children that attracted disgusting comments from pedophiles.
Creeps have been flocking to YouTube videos of young girls in their underwear lazing in bed, doing splits and playing with each other. Many of the segments are uploaded by the kids themselves, with sick viewers asking them to remove their clothes and perform sex acts in future videos.
In its investigation, the Times of London said YouTube, a unit of Alphabet’s Inc. Google, had allowed sexualized imagery of children to be easily searchable, and that it hadn’t lived up to promises to better police its site to protect children.
In some cases, creeps were able to bypass YouTube’s filters by entering their searches in Russian, which brought up videos of Slavic children.
“There shouldn’t be any ads running on this content, and we are working urgently to fix this,” a YouTube spokesman said.
The site doesn’t plan to curb minors from posting videos, but aims to clamp down on pervs’ ability to seek out and post comments on them.
German discount retailer Lidl, Diageo, the distiller of Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie Walker scotch, and chocolate maker Mars all confirmed they had pulled advertising campaigns from YouTube.
“We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content,“ Mars said in a statement.
“We have taken the decision to immediately suspend all our online advertising on YouTube and Google globally… Until we have confidence that appropriate safeguards are in place, we will not advertise on YouTube and Google.”
The Times reported that YouTube does not proactively check for inappropriate images of children but instead relies on software algorithms, external nongovernment organizations and police forces to flag such content.
In March, corporate titans including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Walmart and Dish pulled their YouTube ads over concerns they might get paired with offensive videos.
YouTube parent Google — which makes tens of billions of dollars each year from ad sales — found itself in hot water with advertisers over YouTube videos by radical Muslim preacher Wagdy Ghoneim, white nationalist David Duke and terrorist support groups.
Earlier this week, YouTube said it was working on a fix after it was discovered that YouTube’s algorithm was getting fooled into recommending disturbing kids videos.
In one example, YouTube algorithms may have recommended that children who watched videos with the popular cartoon character Peppa Pig watch another video where Peppa Pig chugs bleach.
Youtube is promising to delete videos and shut down channels.
In a statement on its official blog, Johanna Wright, VP of Product Management at YouTube, said the company has noticed “a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but is clearly not. While some of these videos may be suitable for adults, others are completely unacceptable, so we are working to remove them from YouTube.”
Wright’s note claimed the service had terminated over 50 channels and removed “thousands of videos” in the last week. It also has implemented age restrictions on certain content, making it available only to those over age 18. It will also apply machine-learning technology to seek out potentially objectionable content for faster human review.
I’m not sure, but I believe Toy Freaks has been shut down.
Anyone with a fetish for this kind of imagery needs to be under scrutiny. This whole story is just another example of our sick culture, which features nearly nude coffee servers, the loathsome Kardashians, trannies in the military, and child fetish videos on youtube.
God needs to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.