Nestle, Disney & Epic Games pull YouTube ads amid paedophile infiltration fears

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"Videos of children showing their exposed buttocks, underwear and genitals are racking up millions of views on YouTube-with the site displaying advertising from major cosmetics and vehicle brands alongside the content", Wired UK wrote.

It was first reported on Wednesday that Epic Games had pulled pre-roll ads in response to this news, and it looks like Epic has company. The videos aren't pornographic in nature, but they feature numerous comments with timestamps for the parts that "sexualise" the people in the video. In a video posted on February 17, onetime YouTuber Matt Watson - who returned to the site just to post this 25-minute video - claims to have "discovered a wormhole into a soft-core pedophilia ring on Youtube".

YouTube said it had removed some of the content, which violated its policies against child endangerment, nudity and other behavior it considers inappropriate. The previous boycott was also due to concerns that its ads could run on videos featuring hate speech or other disturbing material.

Epic Games and YouTube will no longer play Fortnite pre-roll ads after an investigation found the ads playing on predator-focused videos.

The spokesperson for YouTube followed up with, "We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments".

'An extremely low volume of some of our advertisements were shown on videos on YouTube where inappropriate comments were being made, ' a spokesman said. "It doesn't matter that they flag videos and turn off the comments, these videos are still being monetized, and more importantly they are still available for users to watch".

A YouTube spokesperson said that the company is working to tackle the issue and has disabled comments on millions of videos of children.

"All Nestle companies in the US have paused advertising on YouTube", a spokesperson for the food company told CBS MoneyWatch. "There's more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly", she added.

"We immediately stopped all advertising on Youtube and asked the company to explain how it could happen that advertising of our company was placed in an environment that we strictly reject and consider highly reprehensible ethically. Dr".

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has called on YouTube to remove all pornography from its platform and create policies to avoid these situations in the future.

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