YT often plays the videos after users watch softcore porn, building an audience of millions for what experts call child sexual exploitation
• the girl is mostly unclothed or briefly nude
• she is no older than age 8
• her video is being heavily promoted by YouTube’s algorithm
Within a few days of posting, it had 400,000 views
YT also removed some of the videos immediately after we alerted the company, though not others that we did not specifically flag.
Strangely, however, YouTube insisted that the timing was a coincidence. When I pushed, YT said the timing might have been related, but wouldn’t say it was.
The recommendation algorithm is driving this whole child exploitation phenomenon. Switching it off would solve the problem and keep kids safe.
Then YouTube “clarified” their comment. Creators rely on recommendations to drive traffic, they said, so would stay on. 📈
Later, YT said they would not do this because it would hurt traffic. Sen. Hawley’s bill would force them to do it.