Epic Games yanks Fortnite ads from YouTube over super gross child exploitation expose

    
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Welp, if there’s anything that might finally convince Google to overhaul its horrible, awful, no-good YouTube video algorithms that somehow start you with puppy vids and get you to creepy conspiracy vids in five clicks, it’s the loss of that sweet, sweet Fortnite ad revenue.

As The Verge reports, former YouTuber Matt Watson this week exposed how innocuous searches were now leading to “disturbing and exploitative videos of children” with comments overtly sexualizing the young people within them.

Apparently, Epic Games is having none of that, and it’s joining other advertisers – Kotaku mentions McDonalds and Nestle – in yanking its ads from YouTube, presumably until Google cleans up the pool. For its part, YouTube says it “took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments,” though of course the real problem is how Google aims to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Relatedly, this week prominent Pokemon Go vloggers found their own YouTube accounts banned due to supposed “sexual content” that wasn’t actually there. Turns out it was a false positive based on the term “CP” in the title, which stands for combat power in POGO, and “child porn” to people who trawl YouTube looking for these things. Google reinstated those accounts once the mixup blew up, but hey wouldn’t it be great if the second largest search engine on the planet could get it together?

Source: The Verge, Kotaku, Business Insider, Reddit. Thanks, Kinya.
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Its just not filtering that’s the issue with youtube -Parental controls are terrible on youtube, my daughter enjoys the kids video’s but I have had to set the browser up logged into my google account and then turn restricted content on, it wont be too long she figures to just log the account off or turn restricted content off to get the rubbish.

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Nathan Aldana

it really doesnt help that youtube algorithms are so fucked and overly relied on and underpoliced you can go from watching a vid on fallout 76 glitches and get recommended videos about the flat earth [and other awful things]

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Random MMO fan

YouTube definitely needs a better video filtering. It has a huge amount of garbage videos, not only related to illegal kind or disgusting kind but plenty of clickbait videos with no useful content, or stolen content. And they definitely need to hire more people to do that instead of trying to rely on algorithms.

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Utakata

…my pigtails came back from reading about billionaire “philanthropist”, lolicon, creeper and sex trafficker for others like him, Jeffrey Epstein. (Trigger warning for those who look that name up.) And this person gotten away with this for years because he was well connected, politics and you know, money. Then I come here to read about this. And now my pigtails want to run screaming to my pillows so they can bury themselves in it for the rest of their existence…

But you know, that is the worst thing we can do right now. That is, run from the horror and so never having to deal with it. Instead, this is the time to speak up about it, against it and their enablers. People get way with this stuff for so long because…silence. Please don’t be that person. /bleh

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Cody Schwab

Thank you for calling attention to this. This problem goes very deep. Bill Clinton himself took at least 26 trips on Ebstein’s private jet dubbed the “Lolita Express”. He also completely ditched his secret service detail for no less than 5 of the flights.

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Utakata

I’m not sure I’ve heard of that one. But a lot of folks hung out with him including the current President and a number of his cronies…

…but either way, you’re welcome? o.O

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Nathan Aldana

curious how the only person you seem to care about being rumored to be on this flight is a guy who hasnt been relevant politically for over 2 decades

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Utakata

It would be still relevant if the guy was actually doing this for the acquirement of underagers. However, my issue here is that the claim is being made without citation or evidence. Which brings me to the point if you’re gonna speak up, please make sure you can back it up as well. Or this is just another Pizzagate and would of been best not to say anything at all instead.

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rafael12104

I have not commented on this. It is too disturbing for me to remain calm about it. I have nieces and nephews. And I literally want to throw up.

I shared this vid with those close to me and those well placed to do something about this.

Two clicks and you were there. Just two. But that’s beside the point. The fact that it is occurring at all, and these deviants are sharing vids via Youtube is inexcusable.

I don’t give a fuck about the reasons why something like this fell through the cracks. Blame the algorithms, or people or lack of resources if you want, but this has been reported and ongoing for years. Years!

And Youtube/Google knew enough about the problem to censor comments but didn’t take down the videos? That should be criminal negligence.

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Right there with you raf, it’s why i usually skip these articles.

“That should be criminal negligence.” And yep again, NOTHING HAPPENS!!!

“Oh my bad” “it wont happen again!” *cough*till next time*cough*

All you on social are the power, they are powerless without you, if all of you stopped using it or better yet stood up and deleted your accounts in protest to this shit and them abusing the fuck out of you all, you know leave them fucked for a change, but that’ll never happen. Hey for the record i don’t have a problem with peeps whom use it, just for me personally, meh. Why?

What my hate is about is that NOTHING HAPPENS, they abuse your trust, steal from you, share your PERSONAL INFO, track you, “leak” your stuff, monitor your ever step, read your emails, texts, and if you really want to dig deep read about social mass manipulation, forensic analysis of social networking, i mean people had huge problems with the NSA spying on them, that’s absolutely laughable, all these social networks make the NSA look like script kiddies. But yea whatever who cares about that. lol

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Recently I learned that YouTube is finally going to interfere with The Algorithmâ„¢ in order to close off the Flat Earth rabbit hole, potentially saving tons of people who are in a vulnerable state from spiraling into the weird world of paranoid conspiracy theories. There are also websites specifically designed to identify and track similar rabbit holes. So it’s clear that steps can be taken to combat the social ills that flourish wildly on YT if they will actually bother with paying someone to give some good old-fashioned human intervention. Getting bad press from news sites is certainly going to help motivate them in the right direction.

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Jack Pipsam

YouTube’s response will be as it always is when something like this happens, they’ll widen the net of their awful algorithm which will catch innocent channels by the hundreds (if not thousands), meanwhile the offending content will slip through one way or another.

PS. I just learnt that the bloke who started this whole thing has deleted all the previous content on his channel because he happens to be a major creeper to woman himself (which is how he stumbled upon this content in the first place). Gotta’ love irony.

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Alex Willis

Argh. Wow. That is…wow. At a certain point, it doesn’t matter if it was tongue-in-cheek, because that’s NOT how it scans at all.

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Jack Pipsam

Even if it is meant to be a ‘joke’ (which I don’t even know if it is), unless it’s scripted with prior consent, then he’s just harassing people in real life which is just fucking gross.
I gather he has an entire history of this.

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Veldara

mfw looking at those comments in that picture

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Armsbend

Not to mention they have really upped the ads lately to what I consider an extreme level.

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PurpleCopper

Why look for porn on youtube? That makes no sense, almost all of this shit is just plain ol’ softcore at BEST. Might as well just use pornhub or something else. Or just use TOR for the really dirty stuff.

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Armsbend

Did you not get the gist of the article? It isn’t about porn – at least not in the sense normal people view porn. It is about creeps hunting down things they find sexually explicit in kid vids and earmarking it for other creeps.

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styopa

Someone didn’t really pay attention?
This isn’t directly porn, it’s soft-core child ogling, which leads to a community of pedophiles using the comment sections to trade links.

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Jack Pipsam

A lot of these videos with the kids aren’t actually porn though, at least not any real legal sense of the term. That’s why it’s been on (and will most likely stay on) YouTube for some time. Creepers get off on it, but it isn’t inherently pornographic.