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Running head: Moral Challenge - YouTube vs. Child Predators 1 Title: YouTube’s Fight against Child Predators Source: Alexander, J. (2019). YouTube still can’t stop child predators in its comments. Retrieved 17 July 2019, from - exploitation-recommendation-algorithm-predators Case Overview Like most social networking platforms, YouTube is faced with the problem of child predators over the years. The platform has formulated a number of ways to deal with this issue, including making changes to its search algorithms, reviewing reported content and disabling comments on videos that are subject to predatory comments and discussions. However, this issue is still prevalent and has become a source of controversy with various sections of stakeholders disagreeing on how the problem should be dealt with. Key Facts YouTube is, without a doubt, the largest video sharing platform in the world in terms of volume and the number of users who access it on a daily basis. On average, about 450 hours of video content make are posted by YouTube users. This huge volume presents a problem of management and control of what is posted on the platform. Having such a huge consumer base means that the eyes of the general public, users and the society at large are bound to notice violations and take note of suspicious activity within the platform. As such, YouTube has been on the receiving end of criticism mainly due to the alarming number of pedophilia-laced comments which are interpreted by most to predatory in nature and meant to target young children. Across the world, such comments and videos are deemed unacceptable in the universal bid to protect minors from abuse and verbal sexual assault.
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Running head: Moral Challenge - YouTube vs. Child Predators 2 The most recent of these concerns have come up as a result of a YouTube video and a Reddit post which were aimed at exposing a ring of pedophiles which exists in YouTube (Alexander, 2019). According to Matt Watson, a former YouTube creator who has been at the center of this discussion, the problem of child predation and pedophiliac comments on YouTube is promoted by the fact that these pedophiles and child predators do not have to post videos by themselves to express their obscenities towards minors. In his video and live stream about the topic, Watson notes that even searches that might appear to be innocent and unrelated to predatory content can lead a user to content which includes exploitive and disturbing videos of child predation (Watson, 2019). Even though these videos are not made up of pornographic content, the comments that are posted in the comment sections of videos reveal a trend of time
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