Disturbing YouTube videos being posed as popular cartoons

alibhai/ March 27, 2017/ New Gadgets/ 0 comments

  • Many of the videos look like normal cartoons on YouTube’s homepage
  • Some of them can even be watched through the ‘YouTube Kids’ app
  • An investigation found hundreds of the fake clips on YouTube’s website
  • One clip depicts a dentist with a huge syringe pulling out popular cartoon character Peppa Pig’s teeth as she screams in distress

Thousands of YouTube videos that contain violent and disturbing content are posing as cartoons.

Some of these videos can be watched through YouTube Kids – an automated app that is supposed to filter out inappropriate videos.

Many of the shocking clips look like normal children’s cartoons on YouTube’s homepage.

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Thousands of YouTube videos that contain violent and disturbing content are posing as kids cartoons. This image shows a Peppa Pig fake that depict the character being attacked by zombies

Thousands of YouTube videos that contain violent and disturbing content are posing as kids cartoons. This image shows a Peppa Pig fake that depict the character being attacked by zombies

HOW TO FILTER OUT THE VIDEOS

The YouTube Kids app filters out most, but not all, of the disturbing videos.

YouTube recommends changing channel settings to  ‘restricted mode’.

This can be found at the bottom of YouTube pages next to the language and content location buttons.

The company also suggests turning off the search feature in the app.

But it says that no filter is 100 per cent accurate. 

The NSPCC offers online safety advice for parents with young children.

One disturbing Peppa Pig fake, found by journalistLaura June, shows a dentist with a huge syringe pulling out the character’s teeth as she screams in distress.

Mrs June only realised the violent nature of the video as her three-year-old daughter watched it beside her.

‘Peppa does a lot of screaming and crying and the dentist is just a bit sadistic and it’s just way, way off what a three-year-old should watch,’ she said.

‘But the animation is close enough to looking like Peppa – it’s crude but it’s close enough that my daughter was like “This is Peppa Pig.”‘

Another video depicted Peppa Pig and a friend deliberately burning down a house with someone in it.

Hundreds of these disturbing videos have been found on YouTube by BBC Trending.

All of these videos are easily accessed by children through YouTube’s search results or recommended videos.

In addition to Peppa Pig, similar videos were found featuring characters from the Disney movie Frozen, the Minions franchise, Doc McStuffins, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more.

Some of the channels that run these cartoons generate millions of views from the disturbing videos.

One channel ‘Toys and Funny Kids Surprise Eggs’ is one of the 100 most popular videos on YouTube with over 5 billion video views total.

The channel’s homepage includes a picture of a toddler next to pictures of Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Cookie Monster, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Elsa from Frozen that look official.

Some of these videos can be watched through YouTube Kids - an automated app that is supposed to filter out inappropriate videos. This image shows a still from a vioent video posing as a Doc McStuffins cartoon

Some of these videos can be watched through YouTube Kids – an automated app that is supposed to filter out inappropriate videos. This image shows a still from a vioent video posing as a Doc McStuffins cartoon

But the channel’s videos include titled such as ‘FROZEN ELSA HUGE SNOT’, ‘NAKED HULK LOSES HIS PANTS’ and ‘BLOODY ELSA: Frozen Elsa’s Arm is Broken by Spiderman’. 

Many of the videos feature graphic violence and toiler humour not appropriate for children.

Professor Sonia Livingstone, a social psychologist at the London School of Economics, is an expert on child online safety.

‘It’s perfectly legitimate for a parent to believe that something called Peppa Pig is going to be Peppa Pig,’ she told the BBC.

‘And I think many of them have come to trust YouTube… as a way of entertaining your child for ten minutes while the parent makes a phone call. I think if it wants to be a trusted brand then parents should know that protection is in place.

‘I don’t think we want to police it for the whole world. ‘A lot of this material is satirical, creative – or actually offensive but within freedom of expression. What we need is child protection.’

YouTube refused to provide a spokesperson for interview but said in a comment: ‘We take feedback very seriously. We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it easy for anyone to flag a video.

All of these videos are easily accessed by children through YouTube's search results or recommended videos, including this Doc McStuffins fake that shows the characters burning down tents at a campsite

All of these videos are easily accessed by children through YouTube’s search results or recommended videos, including this Doc McStuffins fake that shows the characters burning down tents at a campsite

‘Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any videos that don’t belong in the app are removed within hours. For parents who want a more restricted experience, we recommend that they turn off the Search feature in the app.’

The YouTube Kids app algorithm filters out most, but not all, of the disturbing videos.

YouTube recommends changing channel settings to  ‘restricted mode’.

This can be found at the bottom of YouTube pages next to the language and content location buttons. 

But it says that no filter is 100 per cent accurate.

Since being contacted for comment, YouTube have taken down many of the videos found in the original investigation. 

The NSPCC offers online safety advice for parents with young children.

This is not the first time that YouTube parodies of children’s cartoons have stirred controversy.

In July last year, clips showing Peppa Pig characters with knives and guns appeared on the YouTube Kids app. In one, a cig-smoking, knife-toting 'gangster' pig threatens the fairy princess from kids’ favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (pictured)

In July last year, clips showing Peppa Pig characters with knives and guns appeared on the YouTube Kids app. In one, a cig-smoking, knife-toting ‘gangster’ pig threatens the fairy princess from kids’ favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (pictured)

In July last year, clips showing Peppa Pig characters with knives and guns appeared on the YouTube Kids app.

The shocking videos were found alongside official clips of the show.

In one, a cig-smoking, knife-toting ‘gangster’ pig threatens the fairy princess from kids’ favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.

A separate video sees Peppa flying a kite with cartoon character Masha when a terrifying clown armed with a knife swoops down, puts Masha in a cage and carries her off.

The videos were accessible to young children even with the parental settings set to pre-school age.

YouTube quickly removed the clips, stating: ‘Any that don’t belong in the app are removed within hours.’







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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