The Pedophilia Apocalypse on YouTube | Can We Fix it?!

March 3, 2019

YouTube is having a child exploitation crisis rising up again in two years notice!

More people are discovering that minors videos are being targeted by pedophiles. They use YouTube videos to contact each other and exchange child pornography outside the platform.

Innocent children videos are tainted by child-predator comments. They put timestamps directing the viewer to a point where the child unwary poses in a presumably sexual way!

It also happened in some cases that the video itself even after deletion – is being uploaded again by those predators and this time, the views rate is higher than one would expect from a video containing a child playing with toys or practicing gymnastics!

What’s shocking the most – is that YouTube monetizes ads on those child exploitation videos – Some of the big advertisers were Disney, Nestle, Adidas, Deutsche Bank, Amazon, and Oreo.

However, that’s just not all, after digging deep behind the issue, we found out more dark sides of our popular video publishing platform!

Rising Vloggers Discovered a Youtube Pedophilia Loophole

MattsWhatItIs isn’t the first to address the crisis, but he’s the one that caught our attention that we need immediate and actionable steps to eliminate this “soft-core pedophilia ring on Youtube” as he calls it.

Matt states that he could enter a loophole of pedophile friendly videos in 5 seconds using a never-before-used youtube account.
He calls for youtube to do something about this loophole and stop child predators from reaching to this content and worst of all, being able to exploit these videos, trade contact information, and repost the videos if ever the channel is deleted!
He also indicates that Youtube is facilitating this and that tagging videos or turning off the comments doesn’t help to eliminate the on-going crisis as long as those videos are available to viewers.
His video garnered around 3M views 89K likes and, surprisingly, 13K dislikes!
Another Vlogger, Philip DeFranco, also covered the problem, and this one, received an official reply from YouTube:

“We appreciate you raising awareness of this with your fans, and that you realize all of us at YouTube are working incredibly hard to root out horrible behavior on our platform,”

“In the last 48 hours, beyond our normal protections we’ve disabled comments on tens of millions of videos,” said youtube in their comment. “We’ve also terminated over 400 channels for the comments they left on videos and reported illegal comments to law enforcement,” they continued.

Rising TED Talk Normalizing Pedophilia

Amongst the few videos that discussed Pedophilia, we came across this TED Talk trying to get people mature about the worldwide spreading children danger. However, in a peculiar way to do so, Madeleine kind of passed the point of Pedophilia as a disease and seemed like she’s arguing people to accept pedophilia and act normal about it.

The video has 189K views, 1.5K likes, and 14K dislikes.

The viewers sure weren’t happy about her talk…

ted talk normalizing pedophilia

Has YouTube Acted Upon This?

Well, this wasn’t the first time YouTube falls under child exploitation issues. The platform has been accused back in 2017 when a punch of suggestive videos was found on the platform. At that time, YouTube updated its kids’ app and added new constraint policies to end the matter.

This year, after hundreds of pedophile comments found on scantily-clad children videos, many advertisers whose brand names appeared on this type of content has pulled their ads from YouTube.

Presumably, right after brands boycotted YouTube advertising, Google’s fortune distinctly drops. As a consequence, YouTube initiated a 10K viewer requirement from creators to start earning ad revenue.

Also increased its human and algorithm detecting of possibly extremist content. Started blocking comments over hundreds of videos when pedophiles comments were found and tagged potentially adult videos in intent to make them harder to find.

“Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube,” AT&T stated to the USA Magazine.

In response, a spokeswoman for Google said that YouTube took the initial step by deleting +400 channels because of inappropriate comments they’d left on videos.

Our Advice for YouTube

We at Mintrics, realized our role to help eliminate this issue from the internet and help secure our children while using social media freely. We made our research and found that minors’ YouTube channels are barely viewed by adults but by other young people from approximately the same ages.

In fact, when a scantily clad child video is uploaded, it attracts 110% more than the overall average views of the channel on its own. Increases the chances of more people seeing it, especially pedophiles – and our least favorite, YouTube’s algorithms that wrongly consider the video as an appropriate material for Ad revenue.

We also brainstormed some of the possible solutions for YouTube to end the loophole from going any further.

1# Analyze timestamped scenes

The mutual element of those videos is the comments with the redirecting timestamps to suggestive scenes in the videos. It would be a good start for YouTube to start analyzing the comments section of each minority video and check the timestamped scenes – a further step would be to cut those scenes from the videos or send a warning to the creator of the video that their video would be deleted.

P.s. Children must be acknowledged with the rapid increase of pedophilia worldwide so they would be more careful and aware of their digital and real-life behaviors.

2# Analyze user behaviors

If YouTube increased their user behavior analysis, they’re more likely to eliminate pedophiles channels as long as they’re interacting with this type of content and exposing themselves. We’re more likely to terminate their child exploitation at least on one platform and prevent them from contacting each other in the comments section.

3# Tag videos

Flagging videos that violate the guidelines must be taken more seriously. YouTube should be able to update their flagging guidelines into more strict rules so that even minors videos are taken down when they contain suggestive poses or sexual figures that might be taken as self-entertaining material for child predators.

5# Request adults permission on minors uploading videos

Parents must review the content of their children for any inappropriate content before it’s uploaded on the platform – and they must also receive awareness on the rapid increase of pedophilia worldwide.

It’s our duty to secure our children and help raise awareness about pedophilia – It’s not a normal thing and we don’t accept any attempts to normalize it.

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