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YouTube axes more than 400 channels over child exploitation controversy

CNET logo CNET 2/21/2019 Marrian Zhou

gettyimages-1125003275-594x594 © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. gettyimages-1125003275-594x594 YouTube is trying hard to clear out disturbing content.

Over the past three days, YouTube has disabled comments on tens of millions of videos and terminated over 400 channels for comments they left on videos, and reported illegal comments to law enforcement, the video platform told creator Philip DeFranco on Wednesday. A YouTube spokesperson has confirmed the numbers in an email statement.

This comes after DeFranco posted a video talking about YouTube's "predator problem."

YouTube has come under fire for allowing disturbing content. Disney, Epic Games and Nestle pulled ad spending from YouTube this week after blogger Matt Watson showed how comments on the platform were being used by a "soft-core pedophilia ring" to share child exploitation videos.

"Any content - including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors," said the YouTube spokesperson. "There's more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly." 

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