Tuesday 25 September 2018

YouTube removes hidden Irish-language porn after issue exposed by Irish journalist

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Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

YouTube have removed a large number of pornographic videos which were hiding on the site using Irish-language titles.

The videos were discovered when the roomate of an Irish-language journalist searched the site for 'scannáin' - the Irish word for film. He found a number of 'films' under this tag - all of the blue kind.

Maitíú Ó Coimín, a writer for the Irish-language news website Tuairisc, posted his findings online.

"I looked a bit further into it, and there were about 15 to 20 films of a questionable nature."

"These were real pornographic films."

Ó Coimín's findings soon went viral, with the story being covered by new media websites around the world.

YouTube were unaware of the issue previous to this but the team was "quick to take action" once the issue was brought to their attention.

"YouTube's community guidelines clearly state that sexually explicit content is not allowed on our site".

"We remove videos and channels that violate our policies when flagged for our attention".

"YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to determine whether they violate our community guidelines."

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