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By Sheetal Sukhija | Saturday November 25, 2017
Claiming paedophiles misuse YouTube, advertisers pull out
Claiming that paedophiles are misusing the website to target children, Mars and Lidl have pulled advertisements from YouTube. The move by advertisers came amid revelations that tens of thousands of active predatory accounts exist on the platform and leave indecent comments on videos of children. The reports based on investigations led by BBC News and The Times revealed that these paedophiles are using the website to target children and evading protection mechanisms. On the eve of one of the biggest shopping days of the year, brands including Mars and Lidl, have stopped advertising on YouTube after they were alerted that they were appearing with videos exploited by paedophiles. According to these reports, some videos are posted by paedophiles and many are innocently posted by youngsters. Further, these investigations have revealed that some of the comments are said to be sexually explicit, while others reportedly encourage children posting the videos to perform sexual acts. The journalist that led the investigation said that they spoke to people from the site's “trusted lager” scheme, who report inappropriate content or behaviour by users to YouTube employees. BBC said that some of the volunteer moderators told them there could be "between 50,000 to 100,000 active predatory accounts still on the platform" while another told The Times journalists that there are "at least 50,000 active predators" on the website...Read more