Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

AT&T and Hasbro pull YouTube ads over abuse claims

AT&T and Hasbro pull YouTube ads over abuse claims

YouTube said it had removed some of the content, which violated its policies against child endangerment, nudity and other behavior it considers inappropriate. We asked YouTube if it has identified any problems in its algorithms that helped cause the problem but received no answer to that question.

"In the last 48 hours... we've disabled comments on on tens of millions of videos", YouTube stated. Watson's video went viral and generated a huge discussion on Reddit, prompting YouTube to respond.

The company also said it will continue to work to catch abuses more quickly.

Nestle, Disney, and Epic Games are pulling their ads from YouTube amid a controversy surrounding child videos, Bloomberg reports.

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.

Following the release of the video, companies like Epic Games, Nestle and Disney all pulled ads from YouTube, while many more called on the company to investigate as they considered their own ad spend.


Segarra: Yes. In 2017, hundreds of big companies stopped advertising on YouTube because they didn't want their ads running next to videos of hate speech or ones that touted terrorism.

A video blogger this week published a report on YouTube documenting how comments and recommendations on the platform direct users to potentially sexual videos of children, allowing them to participate in a "soft-core pedophile ring", according to the report. The spokesperson also added that YouTube also removes accounts per week run by children under the age of 13. The accounts of the commenters who were linking to the inappropriate material were still up.

The vlogger said the firm made it easy to find videos of young girls, even though comments clearly showed that viewers were sexualising the videos.

YouTube said on Thursday it has taken aggressive action after a video creator accused the platform of aiding pedophiles in finding clips of young girls.

The situation was exposed by YouTuber MattsWhatItIs. "I'm not reporting the story because it negatively affects the whole YouTube community". More often than not, viewers will have the option to "skip ad' after 5 seconds, whereas some videos force viewers to sit through the howl thing".

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