‘Sup, beautiful bastards, I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday! For today’s Friday show, I want to talk about a heavily requested, and I think important, story. It’s around the situation that you may have heard of as “Elsa Gate.” As of late, there’s been a lot of concern around YouTube’s children-focused content. Some children’s videos, I would argue MOST children’s videos, are completely normal content, like nursery rhymes, color, and counting. But there’s also a huge subsection of videos that are very troubling. And the range here is, “Okay, that’s kind of weird and kind of inappropriate.” to “What the fuck!? How is this in YouTube Kids?!” Now, what we often see is that they use children’s characters in the videos. They have video titles, tags, that are specifically designed to take advantage of the YouTube algorithm. Essentially, the way it works is on YouTube Kids, you get longer viewing time. Unlike an adult that’s specifically searching, and hopping from video to video, When you have a kid, often like an iPad is being put in front of them, And a lot of the kids just watch video after video as they pop up on the screen. Which is where these videos can take advantage of the algorithm. Kid’s watching silly fun videos about Minions, Despicable Me, and then this ridiculous insanity pops up from that. This is from “Zinzin Cartoon,” titled “Minions Banana Baby Drinks Piss Water Funny Story Full Episodes! Finger Family song Nursery Rhymes.” Also, you notice a lot of the titles, the descriptions, the tags, is kind of like this word soup. Once again, that’s people taking advantage of the algorithm by using highly searched terms in their description. There’s a full disgusting rainbow of obscene and really inappropriate videos. There’s a lot of tricking people into drinking pee, eating poop, you get stuff like “Princess Rapunzel and Spider Man Buried Alive: Venom Poop,” and you see what looks to be a bloodied Rapunzel with poop on her head. Also, if you’re wondering why this is called “Elsa Gate,” but I haven’t even mentioned Elsa yet, It’s because I want you to know that this is much more than just a character from Frozen being in some weird video. A lot of the original weird disturbing videos included someone either playing Elsa, or an animation of Elsa. Frozen, of course, was one of the most popular pieces of children’s entertainment in an incredibly long time. Frozen, the specific characters, the names of the songs – constantly searched. A lot of weird videos started with her, then people start including more characters like Spider Man, Hulk, Joker, or honestly any character you can imagine, there is probably a weird video like this out there. They had this video of Elsa, apparently sick, and Anna is trying to take care of her, so then they check her temperature rectally. Also, then Anna kisses Elsa. That video has 7.8 million views, and it is not even close to being their biggest! That same channel has another video with 20 million views, Once again, this is a kid’s channel and video. All the characters are drinking at a dance party, and it ends up with the characters waking up in bed together, naked, partially clothed. Also, keep in mind, it’s not just animation channels. Got to give a shout-out to the channel called Pranks Game. They actually feature live actors, and what really just feels like softcore porn. In this video, “Spiderman Vs. Black Cat Girl,” starts off with this woman beating the shit out of Spiderman in bed. Spider Man then proceeds to stare at her chest; he then grabs her breasts, causing Black Cat to bite her lip, and changes her mount position, continues to beat the shit out of Spiderman, and then she has a dance party. Then, Spiderman fights back, he gets on top of her. Black Cat fights back, she kicks him in the dick three times – 5.8 million views. That’s not even going into their superhero love story, where eventually Spiderman and Black Cat, I dunno, it looks like they fuck on a couch? That’s got 8.7 million views. And keep in mind once again that all of these tags everything It’s geared towards kids. The channel “Toy Scouter” is another fantastic weird example We’ve done a masterful job of taking advantage of the algorithm past 30 days They’ve gained over six hundred sixteen thousand subscribers if nine point seven million subscribers on the champion videos like this world everyone loves spider-man with frozen elsa minnie Spider-girl peppa pig and joker in real life obviously you see there They’re taking advantage of the tags nineteen point five seven million views Six hundred eighty seven comments most people would look at those numbers and go oh that person’s boosted Oh probably not We’re talking about kids that aren’t participating in the comments section watching this video this video by the way, it’s hard Do you explain what happens everyone’s happy and then uh? Oh i’m to go worldstar nelson and spider-man’s essentially naked and rapunzel gets Chloroformed by joker and kid ninh and chase. Yes. I watch paw Patrol. I have children He gets stabbed in the ass with a needle and ruble once again. I told you I watched paw patrol He captures and then seemingly is trying to murder a minion Oh and a dinosaur any abducts Peppa the pig some of the other videos. I blow up on this channel I just love the thumbnail Princess Rapunzel versus nails through finger Oh, my god, Princess Rapunzel got nailed through the foot spider-man sharp nails on toilet Fuck is wrong with people Also, some channels aren’t even trying to hide it super hermes TV has a video call hall patrol babies pretend to die suicide There’s a little clip from that beauty In response to most of this especially as it’s gained more and more traction in the new as has been what the fog how can There be monetization issues things people are calling the ad pocalypse when this is out there Getting millions of you a lot of people saying that we’re getting ads while watching these videos in response to these kinds of videos YouTube Has put into place new policies in Jilin when they issued new monetization policies that included content that depicts family-friendly characters engaged in violent sexual violent behavior even if done for comedic or satirical Purposes is not eligible for monetization, Malik Ducard the head of YouTube’s family and learning content said that the videos were a quote Extreme needle in the haystack but of course people’s response to that was how is this a needle in a haystack situation when you’re talking about tens and sometimes Hundreds hundreds of millions of views were people reporting that these videos were prominently featured on the YouTube kids app that was an app that Acknowledged that there was really messed-up content on YouTube and then said hey we’re going to make sure the content is safe But because the content isn’t initially looked at by human beings you know obviously the algorithm rules all on YouTube these videos were getting through And most importantly they were getting through to children But despite the changes if you still search for certain terms you find inappropriate video We’re seeing in general is that the videos have continued despite having to fight demonetization This isn’t great for YouTube because a lot of the mainstream outlets have been covering a New York Times putting out a piece on this earlier this month writing on YouTube kids Startling videos slip past filters as opposed by James Bridle that blew up on media saying these videos wherever they are may ever they come To be me whatever they’re conscious intentions ie to accumulate ad revenue feeding upon a system Which was consciously intended to show videos to children for profit unconsciously generated emergent outcomes of that are all over the place We’re talking about is very young children effectively from birth being deliberately targeted with content, which will traumatize and disturb them via networks Which are extremely vulnerable to exactly this form of abuse, And he was arguing that YouTube was causing infrastructural violence against children so after this popped up in the news again YouTube decided to respond again. Juniper Downs, YouTube’s director of policy saying We’re in the process of implementing a new policy that age restricts this content in the YouTube main app when flat adding age restricted content Is automatically not allowed in YouTube kids So how will this work the first line of defense is the algorithm right and so based on how YouTube’s algorithms have treated you your faith in this might be mixed and afterwards people like yourself if you see these videos flag them as an appropriate, a human will then Look at that video determine if it’s flagged properly YouTube says they have thousands of member Across the world to help if it’s in the wrong the video will be flagged and will become age restricted, then if the video Becomes aid restricted it won’t be in the kids app, now will all of that work Maybe I think if there was ever a fire that could get YouTube off its ass to do something. It’s a oh my god We’re showing horrible shit to children fire. I will say overall so far does seem like the most horrid examples We’ve found I’ve been taken off the kids however looking into it it seems that companies issuing Takedowns have been more effective than YouTube’s system It’s because many of the horrendous videos have been taken down due to copyright claims and not because of age gate But ultimately the big problem of hoping people flag these videos is there there is a reason that these videos got so many millions of view under so many people’s radar adults aren’t searching for this stuff they’re searching for like a Regular normal daddy finger song and they plop that iPad in front of a kid and then 20 minutes later Thanks to the algorithm Weird shit shows up so unless people continue to be proactive which is not going to be the case long term this problem could still Very easily continue and grow and so while I think we can all make a temporary push to look for a lot of this weird Content flag it see what YouTube does I would say is to my fellow parents out there also to the brothers the sisters Anyone who is his is responsible for a child So I’ll try to take that extra minute to make sure we know exactly what our children are consuming online. I’m not trying to shame you I think most people that downloaded the app were like, “okay YouTube made it safe for my kids,” but ultimately like all things with your children It all comes back to you are responsible You got to look out and now that maybe you watch this video or someone forwarded this video to you You know that there is an issue. That’s without even jumping in to all the child exploitation We’ll save that for another day of course because this is the Philip DeFranco show I want to know your thoughts on this story also What do you think YouTube could do better in situations like or are you thinking? You know YouTube’s doing their best. It’s on the pair or a mishmash I’d love to know your thoughts see that’s why I’m going to end today’s show also remember if you like this video you like what? I’m trying to do on this channel you want to support Independent media be sure to go to DeFrancoElite.com, sign up become a member of the nation. 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