AT&T can be the latest company to pull its ads via YouTube following reports in which pedophiles have latched onto videos of young children, often girls, marking time stamps in which show child nudity as well as also also objectifying the children in YouTube’s comments section.
“Until Google can protect our brand via offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising via YouTube,” an AT&T spokesperson told SouthIndianNews.com. The company originally pulled its entire ad spend via YouTube in 2017 after revelations in which its ads were appearing alongside offensive content, including terrorist content, nevertheless resumed advertising in January.
On Wednesday, Nestle as well as also also “Fortnite” maker Epic Games pulled some advertising. Disney reportedly also paused its ads.
There’s no evidence in which AT&T ads ran before any of the videos brought into question by recent reports. Advertisers such as Grammarly as well as also also Peloton, which did see their ads placed alongside the videos, told SouthIndianNews.com they were in conversations with YouTube to resolve the issue.
YouTube declined to comment on any specific advertisers, nevertheless said in a statement on Wednesday, “Any content — including comments — in which endangers minors can be abhorrent as well as also also we have clear policies prohibiting This kind of on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts as well as also also channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities as well as also also disabling violative comments.”
Also on Thursday, AdWeek obtained a memo YouTube sent to advertisers in which outlines immediate adjustments YouTube says This kind of’s generating in an effort to protect its younger audience.
YouTube said This kind of can be suspending comments on millions of videos in which “could be subject to predatory comments.” This kind of’s also generating This kind of harder for “innocent content to attract bad actors” through adjustments in discovery algorithms, generating sure ads aren’t appearing on videos in which could attract This kind of sort of behavior, as well as also also removing accounts “in which belonged to bad actors.” YouTube can be also alerting authorities as needed.