Elsagate: The disturbing YouTube trend that might be terrifying your children
25 November, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Lester Mason
Wright states that the company has terminated 50 channels and removed thousands of videos, under an expanded set of guidelines for determining whether content endangers minors.
"In recent months, we've noticed a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but is clearly not", wrote Johanna Wright, YouTube's vice president of product management, in a blog post dated November 22.
YouTube stepped up enforcement of its guidelines for videos aimed at children, the unit of Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday, responding to criticism that it has failed to protect children from adult content.
Video-streaming giant YouTube is moving to crackdown on videos that depict children in disturbing situations. Since it started this policy in June, the company has removed ads from 3 million videos and further strengthened the application of that policy to remove ads from another 500K violative videos.
YouTube will also provide guidance for creators who make family-friendly content; the company plans to release a comprehensive guide in the coming weeks on how creators can make enriching family content for the app.
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"We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content", said Mars, the McLean, Va. -headquartered food maker said in a statement to USA TODAY. As a part of that mission, the number of Trusted Flaggers will be increased to tackle the problem. This week, Buzzfeedreported about "hundreds of disturbing videos showing children in distress". The channel had 8 million subscribers before YouTube took it down last week. "When you block a video or channel, you will no longer see that video on the YouTubeKids apps when you are signed in".
After being contacted by Buzzfeed, YouTube management deleted all videos featured in its report and suspended all accounts in question for violating the video service's regulations, according to the media outlet.
Starting this week, the website will also take a more "aggressive stance" on inappropriate comments posted on videos including minors.
A blog post earlier this month titled 'Something is wrong on the internet' brought the issue to wider attention, detailing many of worst Elsagate trends such as characters - and occasionally even real children - being forced to consume faeces and urine, enduring injections, suicides, drownings, being buried alive, murders, rapes, swapping heads, cannibalism, babies crying and extreme violence.
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