YouTube is Still Enabling the Sexualization of Children (and It’s Being Monetized)


from Vigilant Citizen:

YouTube contains thousands of videos sexualizing children. The comments on these videos reveal who these videos are actually made for. This is happening as YouTube has been actively censoring “truther” videos.

Something bizarre and incomprehensible is happening on YouTube. On one hand, the video platform has been hard at work demonetizing and un-recommending videos that could “misinform users” (i.e. conspiracy theories). On the other hand, YouTube is never stopped enabling the proliferation of thousands of deeply disturbing videos sexualizing children.

Indeed, on one hand, YouTube is using advanced “machine learning”, combined with an army of human moderators, to censor videos that basically consist of adults discussing topics that may or may not be 100% factual. On the other hand, YouTube is profiting from videos that clearly and unmistakably exploit children for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles. Maybe I’m crazy, but one of those things is way worse than the other.

Two years ago, I published an article entitled Something is Terribly Wrong With Many “Kids” Videos on YouTube which highlighted the shocking, disturbing and traumatizing content found in countless videos aimed at children. Because these videos often use popular characters such as Elsa to lure children into viewing the videos, this upsetting phenomenon was dubbed Elsagate by some online forums including Reddit.

My 2017 article also contained a section titled “Catering to Pervs” which exposed videos that are clearly made to please “child lovers”. These videos feature children wearing inappropriate clothes and doing inappropriate things while the pervs watching post inappropriate comments.

The existence of these videos has caused lots of controversy in the past two years. However, no clear action was taken by YouTube to stop this. In fact, things have gotten worse.

The video below exposes the disturbing extent of the problem. It explains how a regular YouTube viewer can end-up in a wormhole of “recommended videos” that basically consist of child exploitation. The comments are mostly bizarre “compliments” and timestamps to the most “revealing” parts of the videos. In short, it is a soft CP ring right inside YouTube.

In the description, MattsWhatItIs wrote:

Youtube’s recommended algorithm is facilitating pedophiles’ ability to connect with each-other, trade contact info, and link to actual CP in the comments. I can consistently get access to it from vanilla, never-before-used Youtube accounts via innocuous videos in less than ten minutes, in sometimes less than five clicks.. Additionally, I have video evidence that these videos are being monetized by Youtube, brands like McDonald’s, Lysol, Disney, Reese’s, and more.

Going deeper into WTF territory is kids doing ASMR videos. ASMR stands for “Autonomous sensory meridian response” and is described as “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin” when one is exposed to specific sights sounds such as someone whispering.

There are videos on YouTube of children doing this kind of stuff. And these videos clearly cater to pervs. Here’s a video that sums up the issue.

How come these videos exist (and are being monetized) while others are being snatched off the platform for dubious reasons? On January 25th, a YouTube blog post announced the removal of “conspiracy videos” from its recommendation system.

“We’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11”.

Needless to say, the YouTube recommendation algorithm is a major source of traffic for YouTube creators. The makers of the videos affected by this policy (which is extremely broad and subjective) will have a hard time reaching their audience. Also note that, in a classic move of manipulation, the blog post uses flat earth ridiculousness to justify the censorship of a wide range of topics, including 9/11 and countless others that are not mentioned on there.

So the question needs to be asked: Why doesn’t YouTube use its “censorship” resources to fight a real, urgent and deeply disturbing problem? There are actual children that are being used by unscrupulous adults to generate money and to build a network of pedos right on YouTube. Why isn’t “machine learning” used to fight this evil instead of censoring debatable opinions and stifling free speech?

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