While Facebook gets roasted, YouTube stays in the shadows

Facebook | April 23, 2018

While Facebook gets roasted, YouTube stays in the shadows
YouTube’s bad-content problem hasn’t gone away, but as the heat turns up on Facebook for data breaches, the spread of misinformation and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, some say the Google-owned video platform has been overlooked. YouTube’s problem with offensive content persists even after its “adpocalypse” last year that revealed bad actors monetizing hateful messages and lewd videos aimed at children, and people posting pedophilic comments. The company said it would hire 10,000 human moderators and take a new approach to advertising, and most of those advertisers came back within a few months, according to ad-tracking firms. But as CNN reported just last week, advertisers are still popping up on controversial channels promoting Nazis, pedophilia, conspiracies and the like. “We think there are enormous issues with YouTube and privacy and Google more broadly,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which earlier this month called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate YouTube for illegally tracking kids. “The conversation has been so focused on Facebook and is an important conversation, but it’d be a mistake if we saw Facebook as one bad actor.”

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