YOUTUBE has said it will suspend comments on all videos of kids after it was caught profiting from a paedo ring’s sex abuse videos.
The site said it has disabled comments on tens of millions of videos over the past week after a vlogger alleged he had discovered a “wormhole” into a “soft-core paedophile ring”.
Alamy YouTube has now banned all comments on kids videos
Central European News The disturbing avatar for Momo was created by a Japanese artist with no connection with the game
YouTube posts adverts appear on the horrific videos and ended up generating income for the site with each and every click.
Brands like MacDonald’s, Disney, Ikea and Reese’s are among several big companies who inadvertently had their adverts played before the clips, according to YouTuber Matt Watson.
He said that the clips feature children in “compromising positions” which aren’t picked up by the sites algorithms and moderators.
Watson added: “I have discovered a wormhole into a soft-core paedophile ring on YouTube.
“Youtube’s recommended algorithm is facilitating paedophiles’ ability to connect with each-other, trade contact info, and link to actual child pornography in the comments.
“I can consistently get access to it from vanilla, never-before-used Youtube accounts via innocuous videos in less than ten minutes, in sometimes less than five clicks.”
It comes as a number of British mums slammed YouTube after the Momo “suicide” challenge reportedly appeared on the site.
I have discovered a wormhole into a soft-core paedophile ring on YouTube.Vlogger Matt Watson
And pregnant mum-of-two Stacey Solomon lashed out after seeing warnings that kids had been screaming in fear after the disturbing character appeared on YouTube and Fortnite.
YouTube, however, said it had not received any evidence of the Momo challenge on its site.
In a statement on its “Creator Blog” on Thursday, Google-owned YouTube said it has disabled comments to “keep young people safe”.
The statement said: “Over the past week, we disabled comments from tens of millions of videos that could be subject to predatory behaviour.
“These efforts are focused on videos featuring young minors and we will continue to identify videos at risk over the next few months.
“Over the next few months, we will be broadening this action to suspend comments on videos featuring young minors and videos featuring older minors that could be at risk of attracting predatory behaviour.”
YouTube said a “small number of creators” will be able to keep comments on but will be “required to actively moderate their comments, beyond just using our moderation tools, and demonstrate a low risk of predatory behaviour”.
The site said it has also launched a more effective “comments classifier” which is “more sweeping in scope and will detect and remove 2x more individual comments”.
Momo ‘suicide game’ warning after schoolboy, seven, told pals the creepy character would kill them in their beds
FOR KIDS: How to say noIt can sometimes be hard to stand up to your friends, so Childline offers the following tips on how to say no:
1) Say it with confidence:Be assertive. It’s your choice and you don’t have to do something which makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
2) Try not to judge them:By respecting their choices, they should respect yours.
3) Spend time with friends who can say ‘no’:It takes confidence and courage to say no to your friends. Spend time with other friends who also aren’t taking part.
4) Suggest something else to do:If you don’t feel comfortable doing what your friends are doing, suggest something else to do.
Any child worried about peer pressure or online worries can contact Childline on 0800 1111.
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The statement added: “Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges targeting any audience are also clearly against our policies.
“We will continue to take action when creators violate our policies in ways that blatantly harm the broader user and creator community.”
Last week YouTube said in 48 hours it had taken an aggressive approach beyond its normal protections to terminate more than 400 channels.
SAFETY NET: How to keep your child safe online
The Internet can be an amazing tool to help children learn and play.
But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child is safe?
Set up parental controls
Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online
The filters can help control what time of day your child can go online, and to stop them from downloading apps they are too young for
Talk to your children
Have regular conversations about what your child is doing online
Explore sites and apps together
Talk about what personal information they should share online
Create a family agreement about what behaviour is appropriate when they are online
Do your research
Check through websites your child will use through the Net Aware
Change privacy settings and turning off location sharing
If you need help now, you can phone experts on the free NSPCC & O2 helpline 0808 800 5002
Alamy Paedos have formed horrific communities around the videos
Is the Momo Challenge a hoax?THE Momo Challenge is believed to have originated in South America.
The creepy face of a Japanese sculpture was hijacked and spread on WhatsApp – reportedly with instructions enticing children to perform a series of dangerous tasks including self-harm and suicide.
In recent days police and schools have issued warnings about the challenge arriving in the UK and a number of parents have said their children have been exposed to it.
Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom even told MPs the Government is “extremely concerned” about it.
But confusingly UK charities and internet experts have suggested the challenge is a hoax.
The Samaritans and the NSPCC said there is no confirmed evidence anyone has come to physical harm.
And YouTube claimed: “We have found no evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube.”
While it appears the challenge itself may not have reached Britain, sick copycats have been traumatising children by splicing a ghoulish video of a bug-eyed girl into Peppa Pig cartoons and Fortnite gameplay footage.
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