Christiane C. A few days later, her daughter shared exciting news: The video had thousands of views. Before long, it had ticked up to , — a staggering number for a video of a child in a two-piece bathing suit with her friend. YouTube had curated the videos from across its archives, at times plucking out the otherwise innocuous home movies of unwitting families, the researchers say. In many cases, its algorithm referred users to the videos after they watched sexually themed content. The result was a catalog of videos that experts say sexualizes children.
What does a year-old girl dressed in a chador have to say on YouTube to amass more than , followers? To understand just how bad things have gotten on the platform, you need to see it for yourself. Users — and more importantly to YouTube, advertisers — have over the past year started to hold the platform accountable for enabling the exploitation of children and exposing them to disturbing content. But this video reveals an entirely different way the platform is harming kids: by letting them express extreme views in front of the entire world. She edits as well as scores the videos, which she says are comedic.
The Israelis, aged between 16 and 20, were released from custody last month in Ayia Napa after their lawyers supplied video of the woman, 19, having sex with three of the men. The woman had told police she had been raped by 12 men while she was on holiday in Cyprus but the authorities said the grainy video evidence disproved her allegations that she had been pinned down, raped and slapped. While the Israelis were set free the woman is still in custody facing a charge of public mischief and could be jailed for up to a year if she is found guilty. As well as explicit sex being shown in the footage the authorities and local media say the men also make derogatory comments about the woman in Hebrew as they engaged in sex. It is not very nice.
ChuChu TV, the company responsible for some of the most widely viewed toddler content on YouTube, has a suitably cute origin story. Vinoth Chandar, the CEO, had always played around on YouTube, making Hindu devotionals and little videos of his father, a well-known Indian music producer. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app.