After sexualised videos of children, YouTube now returning disturbing auto-complete suggestions

After sexualised videos of children, YouTube now returning disturbing auto-complete suggestions

Screen shots show that typing "how to." in the search bar automatically generated paedophiliac queries, including "how to have s*x with your kid" and "how to have s*x kids".

As YouTube is in the throes of a controversy regarding inappropriate kid-aimed content - which has led to boycotts by major marketers including Adidas and Mars - dozens of users said yesterday that autocomplete suggestions within the YouTube search bar were returning pedophiliac prompts.

Some Twitter users have also observed that YouTube has apparently removed some of the more obscene search suggestions, although others, like "how to have s * x in school", still remain.

"Earlier today our teams were alerted to this profoundly disturbing autocomplete result and we worked to quickly remove it as soon as we were made aware", a YouTube spokeswoman said.

'We are investigating this matter to determine what was behind the appearance of this autocompletion'.

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There are not believed to actually be any videos on YouTube offering advice to paedophile parents, although the phrase appears to have been first used in the title of a video about four months ago.

YouTube has not yet given an explanation of why the phrase "how to have s*x with your kids" was suddenly being so widely suggested.

A source familiar with YouTube's algorithms told BuzzFeed News that the odd asterisk in the word "s*x" suggests behavior that's consistent with a coordinated campaign to populate YouTube with inappropriate search results.

The search results come one week after YouTube pledged to crackdown on accounts spreading content abusive and exploitive to children.

Google-owned video platform YouTube is investigating after its autocomplete function was hijacked to show "profoundly disturbing" results including "how to have s*x with your kids".

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