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What Is The YouTube Pedophile Controversy?
- Mainstream awareness of videos featuring young children, sexualized by congregations of predators viewing and commenting on them in plain sight, caused a furor among the YouTube and larger media community.
- Major brands like Nestlé, AT&T, Disney, and Epic Games boycotted YouTube by pulling advertisements from the platform.
- YouTube responded with a series of drastic measures aimed at fixing and preventing the recently exposed YouTube pedophile scandal.
- YouTube creators have had mixed and charged reactions, with many fearing the resurgence of a YouTube Adpocalypse.
- February 17, 2019 - Matt Watson uploaded a video investigating the comments of pedophiles on videos of children.
- February 20, 2019 - YouTube initially responded by disabling comments on millions of videos, terminating channels of users who left inappropriate comments, and reporting offenders to law enforcement.
- February 22, 2019 - YouTube said that any videos featuring kids that received offensive or predatory comments could be demonetized while also introducing a new algorithm that would be more effective in deleting those comments.
- February 28, 2019 - YouTube further escalated its response by stating they’d automatically disable comments on videos featuring children under 18 years of age.
- March 1, 2019 - YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki explained that the mass suspension of comments on videos of minors is a trade-off for young creators as YouTube prioritizes child safety.