Screenshots From YouTube
PROBLEM: Searches and Related Content
Many innocent search terms used in YouTube will bring up hardcore and violent explicit videos because uploaders use misleading descriptions or foreign languages when adding the content. Certainly, Google has the ability to develop a system for analyzing the images and not just the text descriptions of uploaded content.
Another problem is that users will often view a video and videos with sexually explicit thumbnails will fill the list of suggested content on the right side of the screen or will be listed as suggestions in the video player when finished watching the desired film. This is especially dangerous for younger audiences using YouTube.
PROBLEM: Enforce the Standards, Regardless of the Partner
PROBLEM: Users Must Serve As Moderators
Google’s current system depends largely on reactive moderating, which relies on users to flag and report offensive or sexually explicit content. Users must first watch the explicit content and then report exact times with descriptions if they wish to report it at all. YouTube, understandably for their bottom line, prefers this method to taking responsibility to provide more active moderation, or policing it in real-time on a company level.
The main problem with the established procedure for content removal is that users must first be exposed to the harmful content and then they have view the offensive material for many moments as they endure an arduous process just to alert Google about the violation. Many of the explicit videos on the site have hundreds of thousands and even millions of views because Google refuses to improve this process and instead facilitates further exploitation by making their viewers their TOU Enforcers.
Often, the audience viewing this material is comprised of children. Pornography has a profound negative impact on the development of children and exposure puts them at greater risk for falling victims of exploitation themselves.
PROBLEM: Ads on Explicit Videos
Pornographic videos on YouTube often amass many views, becoming eligible for lucrative pre-roll video ads that make YouTube and the Uploading Channel lots of money.
PROBLEM: Sexually Graphic and Disturbing Videos Aimed at Children
A mother in this first video described the videos as sexually predatorial, and a policeman noted that while the videos are not illegal they could be being used by predators to groom children for later abuse.
Examples of sexually graphic content found on YouTube, including simulated sex and gratuitous sexual nudity.