Matt Watson caused a huge firestorm when he uploaded the video “Youtube is Facilitating the Sexual Exploitation of Children, and it’s Being Monetized (2019)”. His claims that YouTube’s algorithm was helping pedophiles find innocuous videos of children to satisfy deviant interests sent some of YouTube’s biggest advertisers away from the platform. Barely two weeks since, many of those advertisers are returning. Fortnite mid-rolls have been featured on a zombie prank video which has amassed over 5 million veiws over the last 24 hours and Grammerly ads are back with such a vengeanace that people have taken to Twitter to complain about it.
Grammerly ads are back with such a vengeance that people have taken to Twitter to complain about it.
Since the controvesy, YouTube has been deleting pedophilic comments on videos, disabling comments on videos featuring children and demontizing videos they deem problematic. Their work casted such a wide net that their efforts against pedophiles gained almost as much controversy as their lack of effort before. Jessica Ballinger took to Twitter after videos of her five-year-old son were barred from gaining ad revenue. (Videos of children doing gymnastics often draw a hoard of pedophilic comments.) Ballinger’s family channel has over a million subscribers. Nonetheless, the changes seem satisfactory to advertisers as they queitly return to YouTube.
Jessica Ballinger took to Twitter after videos of her five-year-old son were barred from gaining ad revenue.
Admist all this controvesry, reports are showing that pedophile are just as big problem – if not more so – on social media sites besides YouTube. CNN reported this past Friday that figures coming out Wales and England suggest that children are groomed more on Instagram than on any other social media site. When the Fedral Trade Adminstration began looking into TikTok’s illegal collection of data from underage users, they pointed out that adults used the app to contact young children. As long as children are online, their safety is at risk, but that doesn’t mean adverstisers can afford to keep off of all problematic platforms.
So for now, the fight against pedophiles online rages on with no end in site.