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Summarized under Elsagate are Youtube videos that are geared towards children, which depict violence (Child abuse), sexual situations, fetishes, drugs, alcohol, injections, toilet humor, and dangerous or upsetting situations and activities.[1] These videos, by 2017, were distributed by a significant number of channels and were displayed as proposals at random by the Youtube system when the user was watching content like cartoons, so much that there were only few or no other videos beside those centered on the Elsagate content in the recommended list that Youtube displays beside all videos. The highly probable damaging effects to children have been recognized in China, where these videos have been banned.[2][3][4][5] The commercially-controlled media in the US did pick up on the topic relatively fast, at least since March 2018.[6]

Actions taken by Youtube in 2019

A Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into the handling Youtubes's use of data from children under 13 years old and subsequent monetary penalization did bring changes that are aimed at preventing similar circumstances in the future and could well be part of the settlement with the FTC.[7][8]


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