Epic Games Pull Fortnite Adverts Following Report Of Videos Exploiting Children

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In a statement to GameCentral, a YouTube spokesperson said: 'Any content - including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube.

For example, if a user clicked on one of the videos, YouTube would recommend a similar one.

YouTube also says that it may ask creators to moderate their comments more rigorously. From a fresh YouTube account, Watson was able to gain access to the rabbit hole of videos in about five minutes. Watson's video went viral and generated a huge discussion on Reddit, prompting YouTube to respond.

Nestle and other major companies have pulled their ads from YouTube after a video blogger raised concerns that pedophiles were using the platform to trade information and draw attention to clips of young girls.

While YouTube has suffered from unsafe and pedophilic content for some time, the site has since given a decisive response to this recent exposure of apparent predatory culture across the platform.

In wake of a recent discovery that some Fortnite pre-roll ads were being played before YouTube videos that promote child exploitation, Epic Games has halted some of their advertising on the video streaming service.

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The team's statement said that "all of us at YouTube" are taking a shot at the issue, and that "we are proceeding to develop our group so as to guard individuals".

The problem: Pedophiles are viewing videos of children, leave disturbing comments and then share links to even worse content in the comments section.

News of other major advertisers bailing has begun to trickle in, with Epic Games confirming that it too will stop running pre-roll ads on YouTube. 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. "I'm not reporting the story because it negatively affects the whole YouTube community", Daniel "Keemstar" Keem, the host of the popular show DramaAlert, tweeted earlier this week.

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

If you wish to watch Watson's video, and you should, hit up the link.

The furor over the child videos is a fresh blow to YouTube's reputation for policing sensitive content. Hasbro also told the site that it was pausing its ad campaigns, adding that it had contacted YouTube about the issue.

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