Nestle and Epic pull YouTube ads over abuse claims

Epic Games pulls Fortnite YouTube ads over child predator concerns

Epic halts Fortnite ads on YouTube after outbreak of videos exploiting children

"Any content - including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube".

"The National Center on Sexual Exploitation and other advocates have been trying to alert YouTube to these problems for years", said the organization's VP of advocacy and outreach Haley Halverson in a press mail.

In the video, Watson explains how YouTube's algorithm can lead a person into a loop of videos of children simply by searching a few specific words.

YouTube has come under fire for allowing videos which exploit young children to thrive on the platform and also for the enormous number of predatory comments that are floating on these videos.

Nestle and other major companies have pulled their ads from YouTube after a video blogger raised concerns that pedophiles were using the platform to trade information and draw attention to clips of young girls.

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)".

Taking cognisance of the issue, Google has waged a war on the paedophilic community by deleting more than 400 YouTube channels, also tens of millions of videos, comments containing child pornographic content URL links.

In a statement to GameCentral, a spokesperson for Epic said: 'We have paused all pre-roll advertising.

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As a result of Watson's alleged exposé, the Walt Disney Co., Nestle SA, and video game maker Epic Games, Inc., have paused ad spending on YouTube, according to Bloomberg.

A number of leading American companies have chosen boycott YouTube by cutting advertising ties, after evidence shows that the video streaming site is being used as a medium to facilitate the activities of a paedophilia ring.

Epic, the computer games company behind Fortnite, and health food brand Dr Oetker also removed their adverts from the website. YouTube said at the time that it would take a more "aggressive stance" on curbing abusive posts by turning off the commenting feature when it detected such posts.

Since the latest controversy, YouTube said that it has been hiring more experts dedicated to child safety on the platform, and to identifying users who wish to harm children.

Back in 2017, YouTube blogged about "toughening our approach" to videos showing child endangerment.

The commenters made suggestive comments and highlighted moments where girls were in "compromising positions".

All Nestle companies have pulled their ads from YouTube, CNN reports. It added that it expects YouTube to "immediately remove from its site any contributions that threaten the integrity and protection of minors".

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