Epic Games has chose to suspend pre-roll ads on YouTube after commercials were seen on videos within a "network of pedophiles".
The total amount spent on ads for the videos mentioned was less than $8,000 in the last 60 days, a YouTube spokeswoman told Bloomberg.
A spokesperson for Fortnite developer Epic Games detailed the decision to pause all pre-roll YouTube advertising saying, "through our advertising agency, we have reached out to YouTube to determine actions they'll take to eliminate this type of content from their service".
A video blogger named Matt Watson had, on Sunday, shared a video explaining how tech experts used YouTube comments to identify some subtly controversial videos that depicted innocent young girls engaging in (otherwise) innocent activities that could be perceived as sexually suggestive; by paedophiles of course.
Chi Hea Cho, a spokeswoman for YouTube's parent company, Google, said it had deleted the accounts and channels of people leaving the disturbing comments, deleted comments that violate its policies and reported illegal activity to the authorities.
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The commenters left time stamps for parts of the video that can appear compromising when paused - like a girl's backside or bare legs. "There's more to be done, and we continue to work on improve and catch abuse more quickly".
Major advertisers like Disney and Nestle are boycotting YouTube due to pedophile networks on the site.
"Over the past 48 hours I have discovered a wormhole into a soft-core pedophilia ring on Youtube", Watson wrote in the description of the video, which has already racked up almost 2 million views. It is the latest in a series of stories highlighting YouTube's struggles policing content and comments on its site. August Oetker KG also said they had postponed YouTube spending after their ads were shown to play before the videos. In a statement to Marketing, a YouTube spokesperson said, "Any content - including comments - that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube".
Those critics have said in separate videos online that Watson should have reported the alleged pedophiles through YouTube's own tools, rather than draw media and advertiser attention to the matter and risk costing them revenue.