Advertisers Boycott YouTube After Pedophiles Swarm Comments on Videos of Children

Nestlé, Epic Games, and other major brands have announced that they are boycotting YouTube after their ads appeared on children’s videos where pedophiles had infiltrated the comment sections. The companies took action after a YouTube user posted a video highlighting this behavior. While the videos targeted by pedophiles did not violate YouTube’s rules, they became overrun with suggestive remarks directed at the children. Commenters left time stamps for compromising parts of the videos and posted sexually suggestive remarks. Google has deleted the accounts and channels of people leaving these disturbing comments and reported illegal activity to the authorities. YouTube disabled comments on tens of millions of videos featuring minors and removed thousands of inappropriate comments on videos with young people in them. However, this incident raises questions about YouTube’s ability to provide a safe place for children.

Source: The New York Times

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