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Disney, Nestle and Epic refused to advertise on YouTube. They are unhappy with the scandal of child porn on the platform

Videobloger drew the attention of companies to pedophiles in the comments under the videos of children.

Screenshot from Matt Watson video
Screenshot from Matt Watson video

Disney refused to advertise on YouTube after the scandal associated with the growing popularity of child pornography on the resource, reported Bloomberg. Nestle, developer of Fortnite Epic Games and German food manufacturer Dr. August Oetker also withdrew their ads from the platform.

February 17, blogger Matt Watson (Matt Watson) posted a video where he demonstrated that YouTube’s algorithms allow pedophiles to communicate with each other, exchange contact information and links to child pornography. He found that in the comments under the videos of young girls, users specify time codes where children take poses that can be interpreted as obscene. If you click on several similar videos, the recommendations will be only similar videos.

On YouTube, they explained that they were solving a problem.

Any content, including comments that endanger minors, is banned on YouTube. We immediately took action: removed accounts and channels, reported illegal activities to the authorities and turned off comments that violated the rules of the resource.

YouTube representative

The company said that the advertising budget spent on such videos of minors over the past 60 days amounted to 8 thousand dollars. YouTube plans to refund money to advertisers.

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