YouTube states that videos with 'inappropriate comments' could be demonetised

YouTube Boycott

DeFranco in his video noted that this may not be YouTube problem so much as it is the problem of the current online domain. It has also disabled comments on "tens of millions" of videos.

"I can consistently get access to [the videos in question] from vanilla, never-before-used YouTube accounts via innocuous videos in less than 10 minutes, in sometimes less than five clicks", he explained.

In a video that has been viewed almost 2 million times since its release Sunday, video blogger Matt Watson detailed how users who visit YouTube for bikini shopping videos can eventually be nudged to watch videos featuring young girls. YouTube acted quick and enacted a massive change to its monetization platform, limiting both the creative expression and amount of money video makers could earn off their work.

The platform responded to her in a tweet, stating that "even if your video is suitable for advertisers, inappropriate comments could result in your video receiving limited or no ads (yellow icon)". In response, Google defended itself by saying that "we took immediate action by erasing the accounts and channels, reporting the illegal activity to the authorities and disabling comments in violation".

At this time, we don't know if Epic Games will bring back their pre-roll ads, or which other gaming companies will follow suit, but considering this is by far not the first time this subject has come to light it's clear that there is more action needed.

A YouTube spokesperson has confirmed the numbers in an email statement.

The initial discovery of the child exploitation issue is credited to blogger Mark Watson, who posted a clip demonstrating how comments were being used to timestamp videos containing children performing physical acts such as gymnastics.

Troubling enough on its own but these videos have also been monetised, generating ad revenue with ads from brands like McDonalds and Disney. Since Newsweek reports, YouTube's calculations appear to have accepted the acronym to mean child pornography.

However, earlier this week, YouTube said it was terminating accounts and channels that have violated the platform's policies.

Other brands that halted advertising on YouTube include Dr. Oetker, the German food giant that sells desserts, frozen pizzas and baking products. In one of the videos, Watson walks around a boardwalk with a microphone and and asks strangers if they "want to make a porno". YouTube has been called out in the past for hosting videos that portrayed cartoon characters in inappropriate ways, but the latest episode is somewhat creepier.

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