YouTube has stepped up its efforts to respond to controversy by terminating 400 channels that it deems exploit young children. The company has been under pressure for allowing channels that exploit children to thrive.
Further action includes YouTube disabling comments of tens of millions of videos that feature predatory content. The Google-owned video streaming service has often taken pedophilic content down, but this represents the widest culling of such creators.
In a statement, YouTube said:
“All of us at YouTube are working incredibly hard to root out horrible behavior on our platform…There is more to be done and we are continuing to grow our team in order to keep people safe.”
TLDR: Disabled comments on tens of millions of videos. Terminated over 400 channels. Reported illegal comments to law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/zFHFfkX9FD
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) February 21, 2019
Philip DeFranco, a commentator who often breaks down YouTube controversies (as well as being involved in some himself) published a video explaining the take down. The site’s creator outreach team responded to the video by saying it is focused on keeping in compliance with US federal regulations.
DeFranco believes the situation with YouTube may reflect a wider problem in the online domain.
“Which, again, is why it’s important that instead of saying, ‘YouTube allows this and they’re happy about it’ — because once again that is an insane argument — the best thing we can do is report disgusting monsters as we would anywhere else on the internet.”
Prank and Challenge Ban
Last month, YouTube said it will place a ban on prank and challenge videos. The company has expanded its policy regarding “harmful and dangerous” content and is banning pranks and challenges that could cause physical or emotional harm.
“YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, like Jimmy Kimmel’s Terrible Christmas Presents prank or the water bottle flip challenge,” the FAQ post said. “That said, we’ve always had policies to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous.”