Incident 229: Content Using Bestiality Thumbnails Allegedly Evaded YouTube’s Thumbnail Monitoring System

Description: YouTube’s thumbnail monitoring system was allegedly evaded by content farms such as ones in Cambodia who spike viewership and generate ad revenue using bestiality-themed thumbnails.


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Alleged: YouTube developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed YouTube users and YouTube content creators.

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Khoa Lam
YouTube channels are using bestiality thumbnails as clickbait · 2018

Yet another issue artificial intelligence is ill-equipped to handle.

YouTube videos with thumbnails depicting women engaging in various sexual acts with horses and dogs populate top search results on the video platform, according to a repor…

YouTube Hosted Graphic Images Of Bestiality For Months · 2018

There is bestiality on YouTube, and it's surprisingly easy to find. It's also surprisingly prevalent, but not in videos — in video thumbnails, some of which have racked up millions of views.

Search YouTube for "girl and her horse" and the p…


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