AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over videos exploiting children

AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over videos exploiting children

YouTube said that it considers anti-vaccination content to be "dangerous or harmful", which as a policy, it does not allow to be monetised - meaning that it won't allow the video to generate any money for the creator from advertising. The brands released strongly worded statements, and YouTube scrambled to assure its clients it was fixing the problem. She said numerous kids she treats in the ER list videos on YouTube as a method used to learn destructive behaviors and self-harm techniques. YouTube added that it disabled comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors. While the videos themselves could be something simple that the child wanted to share, the comment section on these types of videos is absolutely atrocious and full of child predators taking advantage of the content that is in the video. One of the channels that have since been demonetized, VAXXED TV, has more than 55,000 subscribers and has posted dozens of videos linking vaccines to autism or alleged other injuries.

A Youtube spokesperson said that strict action was taken following the allegation, disabling the comments and removing comments on videos with minors in them as part of a larger ongoing effort to coordinate with the appropriate authorities and promote child safety.

The crisis snowballed last week as a litany of advertisers suspended their adverts on YouTube, fearing that their carefully-crafted brands would be associated with the repulsive videos and comments.


Numerous advertisers identified in Watson's video and in Wired's subsequent report - among them Epic Games and GNC - said they've suspended advertising on YouTube.

YouTube has since prevented all three channels from running ads, after BuzzFeed News brought the matter to the company's intention.

YouTube also worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to determine illegal activity.


YouTube said Friday that it would pull advertising from videos that espouse anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, according to BuzzFeed.

Will Facebook and other social platforms follow suit or reconsider their position on related content? The video hosting giant also stated that any content that endangers the minors is non-acceptable on their platform and the company continues to improve its efficiencies to eliminate such abuse more quickly in the future.

Google has made major changes to YouTube in the past in response to advertiser concerns.


Since last week, multiple advertisers including Disney, Nestle and Epic Games have stopped advertising on YouTube. The team agreed to be aware of the problem and stated that they are working on ways to resolve the issue and keep viewers safe.

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