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YouTube deletes 150,000 videos after controversyThe Google-owned video site faces a boycott over inappropriate videos and comments aimed at children -- and major brands have reportedly pulled ads.
Under pressure from advertisers, YouTube owned by Google, removed more than 150,000 videos with images of children apparently being assaulted. James Steyers, CEO of Common Sense Media. At the end of the day, large tech companies are run by the bottom line, and I think YouTube has been an incredibly successful platform for Google And they have simply not paid attention to some of the bad stuff that happens on that platform. YouTube began paying attention, as advertisers pulled their ads, complaining about child endangering videos. In a statement today YouTube said, "We're implementing Age-Gate For videos that are clearly geared towards mature audiences, and reducing the incentive to produce this content by making two million videos ineligible for ads. It's a new type of child abuse. Child sexual abuse exploitation. Mary Pulido is executive director of the New York society for the prevention of cruelty to children. Children can't unsee something. Once they look at an image, it is there in their brains forever. The problem on YouTube is that with some 300 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute Identifying offensive material is a constant challenge. YouTube has largely dependent on computers to determine was is appropriate.>> A machine, a computer cannot do that as well as a human being.>> So do you have to hire hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people to look at everything?>> If you have to hire hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people to look at everything. They should, cuz google is coining money. While YouTube is taking steps to protect children experts say the first line of defence is at home. The parents have to be aware of what their children are watching and should limit the amount of time children spend watching online videos. John Blackstone, CBS news San Francisco.