In February it was reported that Several large companies — including Nestle and Disney — have pulled ads from YouTube after a popular blogger posted a video claiming the Google-owned platform facilitates a “soft-core pedophilia ring.”
In a 20-minute video viewed more than 2 million times since being uploaded, blogger Matt Watson explains how the video-hosting website features a bug that operates as a “wormhole” for pedophilic content.
Following the sordid discovery, and the realization that big companies were pulling ads from the platform, that prompted YouTube to take immediate action to remedy the situation.
“Recently, there have been some deeply concerning incidents regarding child safety on YouTube,” wrote company CEO Susan Wojcicki on Twitter. “Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform. More on the steps we’re taking to better protect children & families.”
Furthermore, the video sharing giant platform also decided to disable the comment option on all videos featuring young children. The announcement comes after it was discovered that a large online community of pedophiles were time-stamping videos of children, referring other sick individuals to the exact video frames that captured children in compromising positions.
In a blog post published Feb. 27, the company stated that it had “disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behavior.”
In addition, the multi-billion-dollar platform stated that it would be “broadening this action to suspend comments on videos featuring young minors and videos featuring older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behavior.”
YouTube noted that a “small number of creators” would be allowed to keep comments enabled on these types of videos, but will be required to “actively moderate” the comments posted to their videos.
The platform also announced a widespread crackdown on channels that pose a risk to minors.