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AT&T and Hasbro pull YouTube ads over abuse claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption AT&T is America’s biggest telecoms company AT&T and Hasbro have become the latest firms to pull adverts from YouTube over claims paedophiles are leaving offensive comments next to videos of children on the platform. The telecoms firm and toymaker follow food giant Nestle, which on Wednesday said it had also “paused” its ads. YouTube said it had disabled comments on millions of videos that “could be subject to predatory comments”. It is not the first time it has faced anger over comments left on…

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AT&T pulls ads from YouTube over videos exploiting children

FILE PHOTO: An AT&T logo is seen at a AT&T building in New York City, October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith/File Photo (Reuters) – AT&T Inc pulled all its advertising from Alphabet Inc’s YouTube for the second time in two years after a magazine reported the platform displayed ads next to videos that showed the exploitation of children. “Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube,” an AT&T spokesman said in a statement on Thursday. The move comes just one…

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Nestle and Epic pull YouTube ads over offensive content

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kit-Kat maker Nestle is one of several firms that have “paused” YouTube adverts The food giant Nestle and several other big companies have pulled their adverts from YouTube following claims they appeared next to offensive content. It comes after a vlogger accused YouTube of failing to stop a “soft-core paedophilia ring” on its platform. The vlogger said the firm made it easy to find videos of young girls, even though comments clearly showed that viewers were sexualising the videos. YouTube said it took “immediate…

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YouTube backtracks after Pokemon ‘child abuse’ ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption YouTubers who discussed popular mobile game Pokemon GO were affected Google has backtracked after “mistakenly” deleting the accounts of several prominent YouTubers over incorrect child abuse fears. Popular YouTubers Mystic7, Trainer Tips and Marksman, who have more than 3.5 million subscribers between them, were among those who had their accounts deleted after posting videos of themselves playing Pokemon GO. They were told their videos contravened YouTube’s community guidelines because “YouTube prohibits uploading… any type of activity that sexualises minors”. YouTuber Billiam Thies told the…

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YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests

Image caption The belief that the Earth is flat has gained ground among many conspiracy theorists YouTube is playing a significant role in convincing some people that the Earth is flat, research suggests. A study quizzed people at flat earth conferences and found most cited videos viewed on the site as a key influence. They were won over by videos which claimed to amass evidence proving the Earth was not a spherical planet. YouTube needed to do a better job of ensuring visitors get accurate information alongside such videos, said…

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Bloodsports videos taken down from Facebook and YouTube

Image copyright YouTube Image caption YouTube said it had removed content that broke its policy guidelines but the BBC found some footage remains on the site Facebook and YouTube have taken down content promoting illegal animal bloodsports following an investigation by the BBC’s Countryfile programme. But both websites still host users who feature graphic videos and photos showing banned cockfighting and hare coursing taking place in the UK. Facebook did remove one user and said content “must respect local laws”. YouTube said it had removed all material highlighted by the…

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Naomi Ogbeta on the Edinburgh Festival, YouTube… and the triple jump

Ogbeta started as a sprinter before moving into triple jump SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships Venue: Arena Birmingham, Birmingham Date: 9-10 February Coverage: Live on BBC Sport app on Connected TV and on the BBC Sport website. Catch up via BBC iPlayer. The triple jump was always going to suit Naomi Ogbeta. After all, why do only one thing when you can do three? As a pre-schooler, she signed up to a ballet class. “But then they made it compulsory that you also had to do tap dancing as well,…

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YouTube U-turn over child abuse singer

Image copyright Austin Jones YouTube has decided to delete singer Austin Jones’s channel, after he admitted exchanging sexually explicit images and videos with underage girls. The video-sharing site was criticised after it left the singer’s videos online, despite him pleading guilty to charges in court. Other social networks were quick to remove his content but YouTube had decided not to act. It has now deleted the 26-year-old musician’s channel. Custody call Jones was arrested in 2017 and charged with possession of indecent images of children. He had gained more than…

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Holby City star’s daughter wanted drugs video ‘posted on YouTube’

Image copyright Zoe Barling/PA Wire Image caption Louella Fletcher-Michie was found dead in a wooded area on the edge of the Bestival festival site A girl who was filmed taking a fatal drugs overdose at a music festival urged her boyfriend to post the video on YouTube, a court has heard. Louella Fletcher-Michie, 24, the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, was found dead in woods on the Bestival site in Dorset in 2017. Boyfriend Ceon Broughton, 29, denies manslaughter and supplying drugs. In his phone footage played in…

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Kirsty Meakin: Nail artist on YouTube success

When Kirsty Meakin says she’s doing her nails, it’s not just a quick coat of red gloss. The 40-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent creates masterpieces on fingernails – or as she calls them “her canvas”. She started out on a Youth Training Scheme when she was 17 and has spent more than 20 years building her career by entering and winning international nail art competitions. Now she travels the world teaching her craft and judging competitions she used to enter. In addition she is a YouTuber with more than one million subscribers.…

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