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"Any content - including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent, and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube", the spokesperson said.

Numerous videos in question featured advertising from well-known companies in front of them, and since YouTube takes a proportion of advertising revenue, the company was perceived as profiting from online predators.

Matt Watson also claimed time stamps had been left on videos marking child nudity. "We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments", a spokeswoman for YouTube said in an email. 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.

"We have strict policies that govern what videos we allow ads to appear on, and videos that promote anti-vaccination content are a violation of those policies", YouTube said in a statement on Friday. The Google-owned video giant cited its advertising policy that bans "dangerous and harmful" content from eligibility in its monetization program.

YouTube has terminated more than 400 channels on the video-sharing service for hosting comments from child predators. "How easy it is now to wreck a YouTuber's career, just leave insults on their videos and THEY get punished for it!" noted rapper Dan Bull.

YouTube's move comes days after several big companies, such as Epic Games and Nestle, pulled ads from YouTube because they were running on videos where adults were making inappropriate comments about under-aged children.

This is also a reason to strongly reconsider your child's access to YouTube, even if they only watch a specific type of video or YouTuber, because the YouTube recommendation system could potentially show questionable videos with comments no one, but especially your kids, should ever see.


"There's more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly", a YouTube spokesperson said.

Some of the videos involved ran next to ads placed by Disney and Nestle.

The issue hits two ongoing pain points for YouTube: Its role in amplifying conspiracy-mongers and concerns among marketers about the "brand safety" of the platform.

Hasbro said it was "pausing all advertising on YouTube, and has reached out to Google/YouTube to understand what actions they are taking to address this issue and prevent such content from appearing on their platform in the future".

Despite being criticized by the majority of the creators, some came out in the defense of YouTube.

"So now trolls can just post vulgar comments and take away the income from creators they do not like?" asked YouTube content creator Luke Rudkowski.


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