YouTube is cracking down on a new disturbing category of video which involves exploitation or mistreatment of children for entertainment and this includes videos that show kids being tied up with tape on their mouths and the environment dressed in inappropriate clothing. There are also other videos such as those showing popular cartoon characters like Peppa Pig doing weird things like drinking bleach. That’s according to multiple reports from blogger James Bridle, BuzzFeed, and The Verge, which found popular, verified channels showing disturbing content online that is meant for kids.
YouTube is finally taking action against these videos. The video sharing site said it would remove videos that “may be endangering a child,” even if the one uploading the video had no intention of causing any harm. As a result, it’s deleted 50 channels and thousands of videos from its site. Moreover, as a response to users complaint that people were leaving inappropriate comments under kids videos, YouTube said that it would block such comments. The Verge found that, in the case of one home video showing two young girls doing gymnastics, a commenter had described the children as “beautiful” while another commenter asked if viewers had an erection.
To further put an end to this, YouTube has stopped any funding to over 3.5 online videos that feature disturbing cartoons. One such example discovered by James Bridle shows the cartoon character Peppa Pig drinking bleach. YouTube has since blocked the video. YouTube said it would remove ads from inappropriate videos targeting families, “even if done for comedic or satirical purposes.”
Johanna Wright, vice president of product management at YouTube, wrote: “These latest enforcement changes will take shape over the weeks and months ahead as we work to tackle this evolving challenge.
“We’re wholly committed to addressing these issues and will continue to invest the engineering and human resources needed to get it right. As a parent and as a leader in this organization, I’m determined that we do.”