Friday 28 July 2017

Violent and sexual content lurking in YouTube cartoons masquerading as children's shows

An investigation by BBC Trending has revealed hundreds of YouTube videos that appear to be episodes of ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ are actually parodies with inappropriate themes.
An investigation by BBC Trending has revealed hundreds of YouTube videos that appear to be episodes of ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ are actually parodies with inappropriate themes.

Ian Begley

Thousands of videos with violent and sexual content are being uploaded to YouTube masquerading as children's shows.

An investigation by BBC Trending has revealed hundreds of YouTube videos that appear to be episodes of 'Peppa Pig' and 'Thomas the Tank Engine' are actually parodies with inappropriate themes.

For example, one video features a dentist with a huge syringe. Lead character Peppa's teeth get pulled out, and distressed crying can be heard.

While some of the videos use the characters in more comical and innocent ways, others appear to be deliberately designed to trick children into watching disturbing content.

A spokesperson for YouTube told the Irish Independent: "We're always looking to improve the YouTube experience for all our users and that includes ensuring that our platform remains an open place for self-expression and communication.

"We understand that what offends one person may be viewed differently by another.

"We strive to serve these varying interests by asking our community to flag any video that violates our strict community guidelines."

Meanwhile, Isis propaganda videos have flooded YouTube following the London terror attack.

Many of the videos glorify terrorist Khalid Masood.

"We have clear policies against inciting violence and we remove content that is illegal or that breaks our rules," said the YouTube spokesperson.

Irish Independent

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