YouTube deletes 150K videos that led to ad boycott

29 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Julio Duncan
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YouTube has removed more than 270 accounts and over 150,000 videos from its platform, and switched off commenting on 625,000 videos targeted by child predators, according to Vice News. More and more people are jumping to the kid's section of YouTube to create "algorithmically" generated videos with keywords like "Elsa" or "Spider-Man" to target the advertising revenue with content that's clearly unsuited for kids. It also terminated the accounts of several hundred users behind those comments.

Advertisement companies like Adidas, Mars and much more have paused their advertisement on YouTube for the second time in a year in against of the videos showing children's in a painful state.

Meanwhile, Google told Engadget it's not sure why YouTube's autocorrect system returned the aforementioned "profoundly disturbing" results; it removed them as soon as it was alerted to the problem.

Speaking with Variety, a spokesperson for HP blasted Google after learning that YouTube had placed a company ad "in a awful and inappropriate context". Some big advertisers, including AT&T, have not run any ads on YouTube since March.

Then, just two days ago, BuzzFeed News found that YouTube's autocomplete function would pull up "how to have" searches with pedophialiac phrases.

"Marketers have spent millions of dollars over many decades to build brand equity and loyalty", said Association of National Advertisers CEO Bob Liodice, a USA trade group representing more than 1,000 companies. YouTube said it would block predatory comment sections on videos of minors earlier this month, and said it would crack down on freakish videos targeting children. The company has expanded its enforcement guidelines for removing child-endangering content that features minors, even when that isn't the uploader's intent. (Those autocomplete terms appeared to have been removed by Tuesday morning.) The weird search results may have been the work of trolls who successfully gamed the YouTube search algorithm to make the phrases appear at the top of the autocomplete list, the BuzzFeed report speculated.



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