Among the reports that a wide network of pedophiles is active in the comments on YouTube videos of children, several large companies have discontinued their advertising campaigns. CNBC reported Thursday that AT & T and toy maker Hasbro have become the latest advertisers.
A spokesperson for AT & T told CNBC in a statement that it pulls its ads from the video platform until Google, the parent company of YouTube, "can protect our brand from inappropriate content of any kind," Hasbro told the website He also paused his advertising campaigns and added that he had contacted YouTube about the issue.
Grammarly and Fortnite Developer Epic Games said this week that they've turned to the company to learn how YouTube intends to keep predatory behavior away from its site. Nestlé spokesman Gizmodo also said Wednesday that "all Nestlé companies in the US have paused their ads on YouTube."
The responses follow a YouTube video by Matt Watson, which on Sunday presented the disturbing possibilities over which apparently pedophile information is exchanging videos of minors and especially young girls. Watson noted that these people exchanged contact information and links, as well as timestamp videos at times when children were shown "in compromising positions."
"Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is disgusting and we have clear prohibitions on YouTube," a YouTube spokesperson said Wednesday in a statement to Gizmodo. "We immediately took action by clearing accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities, and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos involving minors."
Adweek reported that the matter is familiar, Adweek reported Thursday that YouTube held a conference call with him to represent all major advertising agency holding companies and other clients in the wake of new reports on the exploitation of children on their platform. Adweek said he had talked with an agency that raised concerns about YouTube's ability to tackle the problem, especially given that the company was not for the first time forced to address this issue.
A YouTube spokesperson said this week that the company had removed hundreds of accounts associated with commentators on the videos in question. In addition to disabling comments on millions of videos of minors, the spokesman said the company also removed some videos that could expose children to predator risk.