Disney, Dr. Oetker, McDonalds and Nestle withdrew their ads from Youtube after it turned out that the content on the portal was punishable by participants of pedophile internet forums. Although the films do not contain prohibited content, they may be a warning to parents wanting to show off their children’s photos on the internet.
The companies responded to the allegations of some YouTubers who had long noticed alarming signals. Matt Watson, who runs the “MattsWhatItIs” channel, observed that the YouTube algorithm suggests films involving children after watching the recordings of women in swimsuits. Additionally, in the comments under the films with the participation of minors (eg during gymnastics exercises), comments appeared which marked the moments in which the children assumed suggestive poses.
YouTube reacted by blocking the ability to comment on certain videos, and removed comments that were not in line with the rules. Website administrators also announced that in the future they will take “more vigorous” actions to remove this type of content from the site. Removing ads means lowering profits for the portal, as well as limiting promotions for companies wanting to place marketing content there. Therefore, it can be assumed that the authorities of some companies still have serious reservations about YouTube’s security.
Parents should think twice before posting photos and videos with their children. Especially from places such as the beach or swimming pool. From almost every portal, a photo or film can be simply anonymously downloaded. Where it will go – it is impossible to predict it.