Technology

Epic pulls Fortnite ads from YouTube following child exploitation controversy

Epic pulls Fortnite ads from YouTube following child exploitation controversy”

Nestle and Fortnite maker Epic Games say they paused ads on YouTube while the company works on the issue.

The videos pedophiles targeted apparently did not violate the company's rules, but the content became overrun with lewd remarks directed at the children, many of them young girls doing gymnastics or playing Twister, the report notes.

The videos, some of which generate millions of views, are often accompanied by predatory comments from people sharing the timestamps of when genitals are exposed or when a child does the splits. The company also removed hundreds of YouTube channels for comments their users left on videos and reported the incidents to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. YouTube added that it disabled comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors.

Vlogger Matt Watson made the allegations in a video posted on YouTube that has been watched almost two million times.

Australia: Reopening of detention camp a 'cruel and unnecessary political stunt'
Under the previous system, the Minister for Home Affairs, now Peter Dutton, had final say over all proposed medical transfers. He said he was confident anyone who was transferred to Australia would remain in detention while receiving treatment.

The scandal poses a challenge for YouTube because the videos themselves are not necessarily problematic. The videos involved in the controversy came with pre-rolled ads (those that air before the video begins) from Disney and Nestle, among others, according to Bloomberg.

Earlier this week, YouTuber Matt Watson spotlighted how YouTube's algorithm was enabling a "wormhole" of videos featuring children which were being targeted by predators in the comment sections.

"During a conference call with ad buyers on Wednesday, executives at Alphabet Inc.'s Google, YouTube's parent, sought to assuage concerns by explaining the steps the company has taken to address brand safety problems that have plagued the platform", the Wall Street Journal reported.

Many of these videos were also accompanied by adverts placed by major brands such as Nestlé, Fortnite and Disney.

Storm Erik set to batter Britain | getreading
There are also a number of bridge closures in place as a result of the bad weather . Police were called to the scene on Ringwood Road in Poole shortly before midday.

Following the boycott, YouTube quickly apologised to everyone affected and promised to refund all the ad money paid by the companies in the past sixty days.

Despite growing pressure on Google and YouTube to crack down on offensive content, the firms' advertising revenues continue to thrive.

In a statement, Nestle confirmed it is "pausing" advertising on the platform while an investigation takes place.

Disney and YouTube did not immediately return requests for comment.

Kane says ankle ‘feels great’ as rehab looks on time
Along with his agent Patrick Williams, Son was reunited with former Tottenham team-mate Kevin Wimmer. It's going well so far, but we have just got to take our time with it and make sure we get it right.

YouTube has promised the companies involved that they will refund all ad spend that appeared on the videos and channels affected by this decision, which amounted to less than $8,000 in total.



Like this

Latest


22 February 2019
Tiger joined by DeChambeau, Mexico’s Ancer in WGC opener
One huge shocker the model is calling for: Woods, a seven-time victor of this event, doesn't even crack the top 10. Then the week after this is where I had an unbelievable week past year [the Valspar Championship].

22 February 2019
San Diego Padres keep Manny Machado in the NL West
He made a modest $34 million over six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (and a half-season with the Los Angeles Dodgers ). But adding to the confusion, another insider - USA Today's Bob Nightengale - reported the White Sox are "out" on Harper .

21 February 2019
Key Moments Since Jussie Smollett Reported Chicago Attack
Chicago PD refused to comment on the speculation that the attack was a hoax but acknowledged that the investigation has "shifted". TMZ reports the two brothers, who were once suspects, admit to rehearsing the altercation between them and Smollett.

18 February 2019
Biggest, brightest supermoon of the year will be visible Monday night
So, brace yourselves for this stunning spectacle, because every full moon after this would just be further away from our planet. This week's full moon will be brighter than any other in 2019 because its orbit will be at its closest point to earth.

14 February 2019
'I'm an idiot,' says Embiid after Sixers' loss to Celtics
Brown decided Tuesday to insert Jonathon Simmons into the rotation, gave Furkan Korkmaz 10 minutes, and sat James Ennis. After trailing for almost the entire first half, the Sixers opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 55-52 lead.

14 February 2019
Joe Flacco Headed to Denver After Ravens and Broncos Agree to Deal
Keenum, who turns 31 on Sunday, completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 3,890 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. After finishing last season with a record of 6-10, the Broncos are hoping this move brings them back into the promise land.

12 February 2019
Leno: Arsenal Ready To Pounce On Top-Four After Chelsea Result
"And our target is this, knowing we need to take the regularity at home and away above all". If we ask is it easy or hard , it's hard .

12 February 2019
Offset’s New Album Trailer Has Footage Of Cardi B Giving Birth
In a since-deleted video on her Instagram Story, the "I Like It" singer thanked Tom Petty for the flowers and "beautiful note"... Cardi B made history as the first female solo act to win that award.

12 February 2019
Three Louisiana artists win awards at 2019 Grammys
Drake used his time on stage to deliver an important message - an artist is still an artist even if he/she did not win a Grammy. He'd also been nominated for a third award, best R&B song , for co-penning another Childish Gambino song, "Feels Like Summer".

09 February 2019
FFA ditch Olyroos training camp in Bangkok, back Hakeem
The Thai attorney general has since said Al-Araibi's fate will be decided in the courts and not by the Thai government. Thailand said previously that it was acting on an Interpol Red Notice request from Bahrain.



Recommended