You(CIA)Tube Moderators Expose Company for Allowing Thousands of Child Predators to Flourish

Saturday, November 25, 2017
By Paul Martin

YouTube Moderators are calling out the platform for ignoring reports of abusive content, and allowing thousands of sexual predators to flourish.

By Rachel Blevins
November 25, 2017

As the mainstream media catches up to the fact that YouTube has become a breeding ground for pedophiles with hundreds of questionable videos — with billions of views — and thousands of sexual comments that face little oversight, the platform’s moderators are claiming that its system for reporting abuse has not been working properly for over a year.

A group of moderators told the BBC that YouTube has allowed at least 100,000 predatory accounts to leave inappropriate comments on videos with no repercussions as “YouTube’s system for reporting sexualized comments left on children’s videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year.”

The moderators, who are referred to as YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers,” are charged with flagging inappropriate content and reporting the users who are violating the platform’s policies. However, they claim that in many cases, the accounts they report face no consequences.

An investigation conducted by BBC reporter Elizabeth Cassin looked into the sexual, lewd and other inappropriate comments that are left on YouTube’s videos for children—even after those accounts are reported by moderators.

“Although the videos themselves are completely innocent, there are attempts from adults to collect personal information from children, and requests for them to remove clothing,” Cassin said. “These are a clear violation of YouTube’s child endangerment policies. So you might expect that comments like these would be removed immediately once reported—but no. It’s claimed that one key part of YouTube’s mechanism for reporting comments like these hasn’t been working properly for over a year, so some obscene comments directed at children have remained on the site.”

After making a list of comments they believed were in clear violation of YouTube’s child endangerment policies, Cassin’s team reported 28 accounts to YouTube. “Two weeks later, 23 of these accounts still remained on the site,” Cassin said.

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