Child exploitation on YouTube has been a problem for many years and now it is getting worse.
In recent months, we have seen the emergence of a new breed of videos featuring children in situations that would be too horrific to be published on a mainstream YouTube channel.
These videos are often uploaded by users who have exploited children in their own homes and have taken advantage of a loophole in the law to make the videos available to their viewers.
As a result, many of the most popular YouTube channels have taken a hard stance against child exploitation and the content posted on their channels is reviewed and removed if it breaches YouTube’s terms of service.
The majority of the content on these channels has been removed, but a few have not been, which is why many are finding it difficult to identify exploiter accounts.
In order to better understand the extent of the problem, we are launching a new article to assist in identifying exploiter users and the best ways to report them.
We will publish the article on Monday morning and you can share your findings with us in the comments section below.
What is an exploitable video?
The term “exploitable video” is used to describe a video uploaded by a user who uploads child pornography, which usually involves a child who is being used to create content for a commercial purpose.
A video can be exploitable if the content is used in a way that is not authorised by the child’s mother or father.
An exploitable user can also be a paedophile if the person in question is using a child as a means of gratification or profit.
The first step to identifying an exploited user is to make a report.
The video content in question can be uploaded by anyone, including YouTube creators and users, but it is a good idea to report any videos that you think you have seen uploaded by an exploitative user.
You can also report an exploitated video to YouTube’s Community Guidelines, which will be updated on a regular basis to provide details of the videos, including who the video was uploaded by, the person who uploaded it and whether it has been reported.
In some cases, these guidelines will be more helpful than a formal report because they may include additional information that could assist you in identifying the perpetrator.
This information may include the person’s name, email address, and phone number.
If the user in question has posted more than one video on YouTube in a short period of time, they are known as a “trusted source”.
If you believe that the person responsible for an exploitive video is a trusted source, you can contact them directly by sending an email to: [email protected]
A trusted source is someone who you know who has a good track record of being responsive and helpful to our community and the general public.
They may not be a YouTube user themselves, but they have a good reputation on the platform and will likely be helpful in getting your report through to the relevant authorities.
The next step is to find out more about the user.
It is important to note that an exploified video can often be viewed and shared without any harm to the child involved, because they do not require any permissions to upload or view.
The only thing that a user may do with the content they have uploaded is to remove it if they believe it is inappropriate or offensive.
However, if the video is still available for viewing on the site, that does not necessarily mean that it is exploitable.
A good rule of thumb is that if the uploader’s name appears on the URL for the video, they have not uploaded it in a legitimate way.
If it is an obvious name, they may not have uploaded it legally.
It should also be noted that the content in a video can vary widely from one video to the next.
For example, if a child is being shown on a TV show and the presenter’s face is shown in the background, that may be exploitative.
The best way to find an exploitve video is to contact the person, and ask them for details about the video.
If they do send you some information, this can be a good indication that they may be in contact with the person they uploaded the video to and that they might want to investigate further.
If you are still not able to identify the person or the video itself, you will need to contact them personally.
We hope that this article has provided you with some useful information to help you in your investigation.
If we missed anything, we would appreciate if you would contact us directly at [email protected] to discuss further.
We would also be happy to assist you if you have any questions about how we can assist you or your investigation, or if you need further assistance.
We are committed to ensuring that our content is free from any type of content that may harm children or make them vulnerable.
We also take our responsibility to ensure that all our content remains safe very seriously.
References The Irish Independent