Child Porn on YouTube | A Wormhole to the Exploiting Child Privacy

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Google-owned YouTube said on February 21 it was taking action to close a loophole that enabled users to share comments and links on child pornography over the video-sharing service.

The response came after a YouTube creator this week revealed what he called a “wormhole” that allowed comments and connections on child porn alongside innocuous videos.

“Any content — including comments — that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube,” a spokesman said in an email to AFP.

YouTube said recently that it was taking action to close a loophole that enabled users to share comments and links on child pornography over the video-sharing service. The response came after a YouTube creator this week revealed what he called a “wormhole” that allowed comments and connections on child porn alongside innocuous videos.

They’re providing links to actual child porn in YouTube comments,” he said. “They’re trading unlisted videos in secret. And YouTube’s algorithm, through some kind of glitch or error in its programming, is actually facilitating their ability to do this.”

The controversy highlights the difficulty that major Internet content companies often have to patrol user-generated content, which can stream in at an incredible pace. A YouTube spokesman told TechCrunch that around 400 hours of video are uploaded each minute. The company has around 10,000 human reviewers who analyze content that’s been flagged as inappropriate.

The move came after Matt Watson, a YouTube creator with some 32,000 subscribers, revealed the workings of what he termed a “wormhole” into a pedophile ring that allowed users to trade social media contacts and links to child porn in YouTube comments.

Watson, who uses the name MattsWhatItIs, added that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm “due to some kind of glitch is actually facilitating this.”

Because ads automatically appear with many YouTube videos, Watson said the actions of the company amounted to “monetizing” the exploitation.

The incident raised fears of a fresh “brand safety” crisis for YouTube, which lost advertisers last year following revelations that messages appeared on channels promoting conspiracy theories, white nationalism, and other objectionable content

Sources:- Republic World

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