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Youtube PORN SHOCK: Adult webcam advert showed on popular streaming site’s TRENDING videos

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Youtube PORN SHOCK: Adult webcam advert showed on popular streaming site's TRENDING videos

Youtube has a clear policy on hardcore adult videos: it doesn't want them.

The video-sharing platform has delisted and banned accounts in the past for sharing material it deemed pornographic: from depictions of women's nipples to the sharing of erotic artwork.

Now, however, the website has been caught serving adverts for pornographic webcam sites that – with one click – would lead the viewer directly to hardcore porn.

Originally, the story was reported by Motherboard who described the advert as: “a woman gyrating (not porn!) but features a link to something called Hot Girl 2018' in the bottom left”.

Clicking through the ad sent users to a landing page for cam site Camsoda, where they were presented with a large, high-resolution NSFW image.

This has lead to some internet outrage – not least because Youtube has a dedicated section for children.

Naturally, some internet users are wary that if ads like this can slip through the general ad network, then their kids may also be at risk.

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Google, who owns Youtube, usually restricts adult ads. There are exceptions, however, which come in the form of “limited scenarios based on user search queries, user age, and local laws where the ad is being served".

Specifically, though, “text, image, audio, or video of graphic sexual acts intended to arouse” is supposedly prohibited in all ads.

The Youtube page for reporting ads that violate these policies says that “some ads may run on Google before our AdWords Specialists check them,” suggesting some advertisers have figured out ways to bypass the security measures and get their content on the page.

Motherboard reports that the ad in question has been running since at least December, with reported sightings of the content apparently appearing on videos uploaded to gaming channels PewDiePie and Markiplier (which often attract younger audiences).

“We have clear policies against ads featuring graphic adult content," YouTube replied in an emailed statement to Motherboard.

"When we become aware of an ad that violates our policies, we immediately remove it and take appropriate action, including, and up to, suspending the responsible account.”

On Twitter, the account was simply directing people affected to an AdWords troubleshooting page, which you can find here.

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