Videos of children showing their exposed buttocks, underwear and genitals are racking up millions of views on YouTube – with the site displaying advertising from major cosmetics and car brands alongside the content.
Comments beneath scores of videos appear to show paedophiles sharing timestamps for parts of the videos where exposed genitals can be seen, or when a child does the splits or lifts up their top to show their nipples. Some of the children in the videos, most of whom are girls, appear to be as young as five. Many of the videos have hundreds of thousands, if not millions of views, with hundreds of comments.
In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said the company enforced its policies “aggressively” and reported any content, including comments, that endangers minors to relevant authorities. The spokesperson added that such material is also removed from YouTube, with associated accounts deleted. “When we find content that is in violation of our policies, we immediately stop serving ads or remove it altogether,” they added.
YouTube also stated that they were 99 percent effective at ensuring ads only appear on appropriate content.