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Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

Doctor Reveals Dangerous Content In YouTube Kids Videos

The mom, who wants to remain anonymous, is a doctor and she wrote on the PediMom blog that not much surprises her "but this did". She said she's reported hundreds of unsettling videos to YouTube, with some success.

The man, identified by CBS News as YouTuber Filthy Frank, has over 6.2 million followers and refers to himself in the description of his page as "the embodiment of everything a person should not be". He walks onto the screen and simulates cutting his wrist. Sideways for attention; longways for results.

Coming on the heels of the pedophilic rings that were discovered, this discovery couldn't have come at a worse time for the video-sharing giant.

Earlier this month, she found a second one - this time on YouTube.

When asked about the videos in an email exchange with CBC News, the video site responded that YouTube is not intended for kids under 13.

Hess saw the video back in July and called for different groups to report the video so it gets removed from the site. YouTube told WFTX the video violates its community guidelines, and a spokesperson said in part, "We work hard to ensure YouTube is not used to encourage unsafe behavior, and we have strict policies that prohibit videos which promote self-harm". We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video. In April past year, YouTube announced three new parental control features to give parents the ability to curate what their child is seeing on the app.

"We are always working to improve our systems and to remove violat [ing] content more quickly".




Dr Hess says that the scene had been spliced into many videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids, containing scenes from the Nintendo game "Splatoon". Exposing their curious nature to such videos can end up badly as they can trigger bad memories, nightmares or even attempt at mimicking suicide attempts shown in the videos.

"We need to educate ourselves about all of these platforms and which ones have which types of risks", Hess said.

Suicide tips stashed in otherwise benign cartoons are just the latest ghastly twist in.

"There are many more videos out there with inappropriate content but they can be hard to spot prior to being viewed". This chilling phenomenon has been referred to as Elsagate. Dr Free Hess, a paediatrician, was notified about these videos by a concerned mom who found it, out of all places, in YouTube kids.

"Last week, YouTube lost several advertisers, including Fortnite maker Epic Games, Disney, and Nestle, over a ".

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts or showing warning signs of suicide, please consider calling the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or seeking help from a professional.

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