YouTube cracks down on child-exploiting channels

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Several major companies have pulled their advertising from YouTube after their ads were shown on videos of young children that had attracted scores of comments from pedophiles. It also moved to add warnings to extremist videos and prevented comments on them as a way to make the videos harder to find. Others include the phone numbers of adults or requests for videos to fulfil sexual fetishes. For kids, there are millions of cartoons available, but not all of them are showing kid-appropriate content. Parents, regulators, advertisers and law enforcement have issues regarding the issue that there are no limitations on YouTube. In the video Isaac watched, some characters died and one walked off a roof after being hypnotized by a likeness of a doll possessed by a demon.

"To help us better understand how to treat this content, we will be growing the number of experts we work with, and doubling the number of Trusted Flaggers we partner with in this area", the blog post reads.

Johanna Wright, YouTube's vice president of product management, promised tougher application of its user guidelines, removing inappropriate ads targeting families, blocking inappropriate comments on videos featuring minors and providing further guidance for creators of family-friendly content.

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"In the last week we terminated over 50 channels and have removed thousands of videos under these guidelines, and we will continue to work quickly to remove more every day". "We have an iPad for our kids and they don't have access to the Internet on it, no YouTube app, only the apps I put on it".

"We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content", said a Mars spokesperson in a statement. The Guardian reports that companies ranging from Mars to Adidas have pulled their ads from the service, not just on offending videos but on all content in general, hitting the search giants where it hurts.

"The government expects online platforms to have robust processes in place and to act promptly to remove content and user accounts that do not comply with their own policies", a spokesman for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports said. "We have suspended all of our YouTube advertising with immediate effect". However, more than half of these videos are not actually meant to be viewed by children. With its public image and bottom line under fire, the firm no longer has the luxury of painlessly presenting itself as a faux neutral party in this debate.

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