#YouTubeWakeUp: Who Cares About the Child Exploitation Crisis on YouTube?
Regular readers of The Goldwater recall us covering (for years now) YouTube's complicity in child exploitation. A recent viral video exposing this, however, has finally made this problem too large for even Youtube to ignore. Some of their advertisers now find themselves embroiled in quite a mess. When we covered the convicted rapist and pedophile who ran the SevenAwesomeKids network of channels, we detailed how some models were earning $20,000 per month - envelope-pushing, borderline softcore child pornography is big business at YouTube. Several million users subscribe to the channels in the SSG network.
YouTuber MattsWhatItIs made a list of advertisers whose videos aired amidst questionable material related to young girls. Many of these videos are flanked by a toxic cesspool of a comment section (complete with timestamps) ogling risque images of children.
Some videos found in this pedophile ring rabbit hole ran in the millions. The SevenAwesomeKids network amassed 12 billion views until the man running it was arrested for assaulting a young girl.
The situation is becoming too big for YouTube to ignore though. As dead set as they are on getting rid of fake news, conspiracies and hate speech, you would think they could spend a bit of time trying to make sure young children aren't targeted for exploitation in the downtime. British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt called on Google to "cooperate with UK, US... in removing child abuse content" rather than working with China to help censor the internet there.
In the past 48 hours, Forbes, Tech Crunch and others have weighed in on the matter in light of the video exposing how YouTube monetizes child exploitation.
In the Forbes article, it notes how some of the accounts even "liked" obviously perverted comments left by pedophiles. Forbes also notes how few mentions in the press have cropped up about this serious issue.
An unpublished interview with a trusted flagger showed that only 2.8% of the reports related to child exploitation and endangerment were ever even reviewed. Meanwhile, YouTube channels like Mumkey Jones were deleted for "bullying" dead mass murderer Elliot Rodgers. The Goldwater has proudly received content strikes for things as inconsequential as merely mentioning the fact that YouTube was flagging channels for Parkland false flag conspiracy content.
Below you'll find the video "YouTube is Facilitating the Sexual Exploitation of Children, and it's Being Monetized." A warning: it is disturbing. Unlike some of the videos we've included in previous coverage, nothing is blurred out nor is it audio only.
And these are videos monetized by companies like GNC, McDonald's, Disney, Ikea, etc. Comment sections a toxic cesspool of pedophilic commentary. pic.twitter.com/GFcWMgFH6Y
In the video, Matt points out several inappropriate videos that led to a "wormhole into a soft-core pedophilia ring on YouTube." The comments link to bonafide child pornography and WhatsApp accounts led even further down the dark spiral. McDonald's, Disney, Reese's, Purina, Grammarly, Ikea are subsidizing this dark industry.
Its fucking cool how.. Twitter blocks the autocomplete for "#wakeupyoutube", "#youtubewakeup" and the un-hashtagged versions and every variant of it. Even though there's been tens of thousands of people tweeting about it in the last 12 hours. Its also not on trending hashtags.
Our past coverage of this issue mentions the good folks at Exposing Exploitation who have recently rebranded to Academy Awareness. I recently spoke with them about the necessity for a rebrand due to infiltration by pedophiles. A shame, yes, but also a sign they're on the run.
it was necessary to make it obvious to all the online population world-wide that the focus is education and spreading awareness. Exposing Exploitation is a name that when used for a public server was likely attracting the elements you described. Rather than burden ourselves with chasing ghosts & demons who in all likelihood were far more versed as staying hidden and untraceable, the focus had to shift back onto 1) protecting children online who were at risk of being groomed 2) educating others on how to do the same 3) attempting to clarify and establish best practice reporting guidelines on the various social media platforms where online enticement and grooming of children was occuring.
For more information or to help out you can reach out to Exposing Exploitation/Academy Awareness: