Soon YouTube Demonetizes Anti-Vaccination Channels And Videos

What you need to know about the You Tube Parodies aimed at kids

Although the videos themselves were not at issue in and of themselves, YouTube is now under fire for failing to curtail what a vlogger called a soft core pedophilia ring active on the site.

According to Bloomberg, all Nestle companies in the US have paused advertising on YouTube, a spokeswoman for the company said Wednesday in an email.

The furor over the child videos is a fresh blow to YouTube's reputation for policing sensitive content.

The videos are extremely typical content, like parents sharing sweet moments or adorable clips of their precocious children, or amusing content created and geared towards other children. The algorithm changes initially will affect recommendations for a very small set of videos in the US, with plans to expand internationally.

This was revealed when Jessica Ballinger, YouTuber and sister of Colleen Ballinger, tweeted to Team YouTube, asking why an innocent video of her son doing gymnastics had been demonetised.

Although all platforms increased efforts in that front, it seems they also have other, equally important areas to cover.

Other remarks praise the children, jump to points in the video that picture children's legs or buttocks, ask whether they're wearing underwear, or simply insert strings of sexually suggestive emojis. The time stamps are direct links to those frames in the video, leading others to the supposedly provocative moments. By Wednesday, Watson's video had been viewed more than 1.7 million times. Some companies, like Vitacost, have vowed to stop purchasing programmatic media from YouTube altogether, after their ads were run alongside videos of child exploitation.

"We will revise our decision upon completion of current measures being taken by Google to ensure Nestle advertising standards are met", the spokesperson said.

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This is also a reason to strongly reconsider your child's access to YouTube, even if they only watch a specific type of video or YouTuber, because the YouTube recommendation system could potentially show questionable videos with comments no one, but especially your kids, should ever see.

Each of the videos now has a message saying "Not suitable for most advertisers" with the dollar symbol turned yellow (indicating monetisation has been disabled). The company said it removed dozens of videos that would put young people at risk and changed search auto-completes that led to the content.

"Any content -including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube".

YouTube said it had taken "immediate action" by deleting offending accounts and reporting the illegal activity to authorities.

Once again, content control on YouTube is being questioned, and once again advertisers are pulling out over concerns that their brands are appearing alongside inappropriate content.

YouTube didn't specify which anti-vax channels - or how many - were subject to the demonetization action.

The videos have also been found carrying ads.

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