On YouTube's Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 05/06/2019 00:03

The site’s automated recommendation system, at times drawing on home movies of unwitting families, created a vast video catalog of prepubescent children.

Christiane C. didn’t think anything of it when her 10-year-old daughter and a friend uploaded a video of themselves playing in a backyard pool.

“The video is innocent, it’s not a big deal,” said Christiane, who lives in a Rio de Janeiro suburb.

A few days later, her daughter shared exciting news: The video had thousands of views. Before long, it had ticked up to 400,000 — a staggering number for a video of a child in a two-piece bathing suit with her friend.

“I saw the video again and I got scared by the number of views,” Christiane said.

She had reason to be.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/world/americas/youtube-pedophiles.html

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