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    Late last week, video blogger Matt Watson posted a 20-minute clip which outlined how comments on YouTube were used to facilitate what he described as a “soft-core paedophile ring”.

    Several major companies, including Disney and Nestle, have pulled their advertising spending from YouTube after reports of a paedophile network openly operating in the comments sections of monetised YouTube videos of children, Bloomberg reports.

    The news outlet cited several unnamed sources as saying that video game maker Epic Games Inc. and the German packaged food giant Dr. August Oetker KG have also suspended advertising on YouTube due to the reports.

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    “We have paused all pre-roll advertising. Through our advertising agency, we have reached out to Google/YouTube to determine actions they'll take to eliminate this type of content from their service”, Epic said in a statement on Thursday.

    A YouTube spokeswoman declined to comment on any specific advertisers, but said in a statement that “any content, including comments, that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube”.

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    She added that Google’s video site had already taken “immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violating comments”.

    Most Twitter users have, meanwhile, expressed outrage about the report on the paedophile network.

    Last Sunday, You Tube blogger Matt Watson shared a clip revealing the alleged “soft-core paedophile ring” which had been set up by commenters on videos of children, particularly young girls. Monetized by You Tube, the videos contain comments by apparent paedophiles who exchange contact information and links to child pornography.

    In 2017, a spate of major advertisers, including Procter & Gamble Co. and AT&T Inc., pulled their spending from YouTube amid reports of ads on the Google media website related to extremist and violent content. Additionally, YouTube has repeatedly been criticised for hosting inappropriate video content meant for children.


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