As YouTube explores the network of exploitation of children in the comment section of its platform, some developers have expressed concerns about what will happen if their videos are exploited in the midst of advertising campaigns and practices the content. The Verge reported Friday that a tweet from Team's YouTube account continued to whip up its rage after the company announced a move against "inappropriate comments."
"Over the last few days, we've taken a number of steps to better protect the YouTube community from harmful content," the report said . "With respect to the actions we take, inappropriate commentary could result in your video receiving limited or no ads, even if your video is suitable for advertisers."
Advertisers began running their ad spending on YouTube's creator, YouTube Watson shared a video on Sunday describing the methods used by seeming pedophiles in video commentary on the exploitation of children. These included sharing contact information, subtitling videos inappropriately, and stamping certain portions of the video. With the loss of major advertisers such as Nestlé, Epic Games, and Hasbro, YouTube has taken extreme measures to ensure that ads are not served on content that could be an incentive for bad actors.
A spokesperson for YouTube has said this has a limited number of ads in videos where comments may be exposing young people to such predatory activity. YouTube also completes comments on millions of videos of minors to stem the problem for the time being.
For example, for creators whose videos contain their children restricted ads or demonized videos can be a problem. Some creators have tweeted that they felt being punished for comments beyond their control. Others fear that the temporary system of YouTube could be misused by abusive commentators who want to surprise creators.
"Although the creators of these videos may not have done anything wrong, we are going beyond our existing protections to content that may involve or endanger minors," Team YouTube wrote in a Friday blog about the changes. "Our goal is to protect the creators and the wider ecosystem as we improve our systems."
In addition to the above changes, a YouTube spokesperson earlier this week said the company has removed hundreds of accounts associated with the persons who had perceived the company to be predatory comments on videos of minors. YouTube also reports illegal comments to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to work with law enforcement agencies.
"Content, including comments that endanger minors, are abhorrent and we have clear guidelines that prohibit this on YouTube," YouTube spokesman said in a statement. "We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities, and turning off comments on millions of videos, including minors. There is still much to do, and we continue to work to speed up the abuse and abuses. "