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Advertisers Pull Ads From YouTube Amid Pedophilia Controversy

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Todd Spangler, reporting for Variety:

AT&T, one month after it thought it was safe to advertise on YouTube again, said it is pulling all advertising spending from the world’s biggest video platform. The telco joins a boycott by marketers alarmed by the discovery that a secret group of child predators has been using YouTube to make sexual comments about kids. […]

The issue — the latest “brand safety” scandal for YouTube — was exposed by vlogger Matt Watson in a Feb. 17 video. Watson discovered that YouTube’s algorithms enabled child predators to secretly connect across a series of videos with young girls engaged in everyday activities like gymnastics, stretching or hanging out at home. In those videos, members of what Watson called a “soft-core pedophilia ring” made sexualized comments about the girls tagged with timestamps identifying moments in the videos when the kids were in certain poses. The users in some cases traded child pornography in the comments section, he claimed.

Other marketers that have dropped spending with YouTube over the scandal include Disney, Epic Games, Hasbro, McDonald’s and Nestlé.

I thought maybe this controversy was overblown, but I watched Watson’s exposé and it is as awful as it sounds. I take issue with describing the group as “secret” though — they were (are?) operating in the open, under YouTube’s nose. They’re just using YouTube comments and YouTube’s algorithms are “helpfully” linking these videos together.

Link: news.yahoo.com/t-suspends-youtube-ad-spending-203549686…

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DerBonk
260 days ago
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It warrants sharing again. Copyright seems to work as a justification for all kinds of nonsensical legislation, but this is an example of the type of content lawmakers should really be paying attention to.
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Disney (yes, Disney) declares war on "overzealous copyright holders"

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Disney is being sued by the Michael Jackson estate for using fair-use clips in a biopic called "The Last Days of Michael Jackson" -- in its brief, the company decries "overzealous copyright holders" whose unwillingness to consider fair use harms "the right of free speech under the First Amendment." (more…)

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DerBonk
454 days ago
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Ahem.... Hm... Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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Manzabar
454 days ago
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Hahahahahahahahahahaha!
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The strawberries in this photo are blue

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My daughter send this photo to me. I put it in Photoshop to check. The "reddest" part I could find using the eyedropper had an RGB value of 153/181/182. So technically there is some red in the image, but here is what 153/181/182 looks like:

Not very red!

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DerBonk
985 days ago
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In lighter news: strawberries are still red if you take all the red out.
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Avengers Assemble to Suck My Ass

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DerBonk
1006 days ago
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Nevertheless, she persisted.
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tante
1006 days ago
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A heroine starts young.
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dori
1007 days ago
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She is worthy.
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ddillinger
1008 days ago
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A hero rises.

Trump's budget eliminates Arts and Humanities Endowments, privatizes public broadcasting

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Conservatives often threaten to cut funding for public arts, humanities, and broadcasting, but will Trump actually do it? White House staffers who have seen Trump's proposal say he doesn't like the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, so he plans to eliminate all three as federal programs. (more…)
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DerBonk
1026 days ago
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I hope this does not come true. It would be devastating, while making practically no difference for the federal budget.
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Trump Tower Has Tiffany's-Branded Security Barricades Because We Live In a Scifi Dystopia Now

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If you lived in a dystopian science fiction movie, what would be your first clue? The rise of an authoritarian leader? Battles in the streets over scarce resources? Personally, I think the very first clue might be when brands are buying ad space from the police. And if I’m right, I’ve got some bad news for you.

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