YouTube removes the 8 playlists that sexualise videos of minors at the CAC's request
- CAC Chairperson, Roger Loppacher, welcomed the platform's rapid reaction in taking down the playlists and urged it to take measures to prevent further similar situations
- 275 videos of girls dancing, playing in a swimming pool or doing yoga were added to playlists with titles such as Hot teens, Culitos ("Little bottoms") and All size tits
The video-sharing platform YouTube has removed 8 erotic and / or sexual playlists that included videos featuring minors at the request of the Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC). The site has made this announcement following the Catalan regulator's complaint.
The CAC asked YouTube to remove the playlists, with titles such as Hot teens, All sizes tits, Culitos ("Little bottoms") and Sexy, because they included 275 videos showing girls performing innocent activities such as dancing, doing some type of physical activity or playing in a swimming pool.
CAC Chairperson, Roger Loppacher, welcomed the platform's rapid reaction in taking down the playlists and urged it to take measures to prevent further similar situations.
Roger Loppacher also recommended users to be cautious about uploading videos featuring children. “It is worth stressing the fact that as soon as you upload personal or family content to a platform, you lose control of it and may have images of your children being used on playlists of a sexual nature without your knowledge", he explained.
The CAC report identified 8 playlists that combined videos featuring minors with erotic videos featuring adults, so that the meaning and the initial purpose of the contents were modified.
In total, the 8 lists included 415 videos, of which 275 feature minors. The videos that the CAC analysed (which did not include professional music videos) have 488 million views in total.
One such example was the playlist Hot teens, a compilation of videos featuring young and teenage girls dancing in pairs, along with sexual lesbian videos. Likewise, the playlist Culitos juxtaposed videos featuring girls in swimsuits with other erotic videos featuring adult women.
The CAC argued that putting a video that was recorded in a personal or family environment in a playlist of sexual nature aimed at an adult audience entailed a change of context that violated YouTube's safety policy under "The importance of context”.
Furthermore, under "Child Safety on YouTube", it explicitly states that innocent videos featuring minors that are disseminated with the intention of providing sexual pleasure are not allowed.
The removal of these playlists brings the number of harmful online content that platforms have taken down at the CAC's request to 108, for issues such as child pornography, anorexia and bulimia, gender-based violence, incitement to suicide, paedophilia or homophobia.