Last year, pediatrician and mother, Free N. Hess, published on her website, Pedimom.com, a post from an anonymous mother who reported a horrifying incident where a YouTube Kids video they were watching was abruptly interrupted by a man in sunglasses who gave instructions on how to harm themselves.
Simulating the use of a knife or razor blade on his arm, he said, “Kids, remember, cut this way for attention, and this way for results,” before walking out off screen. The cartoon then continued as normal.
In her post, the mother wrote “[t]his video was intentionally planted on YouTube Kids to harm our children. He waited until parents’ guards were down, thinking their kids were just watching a harmless cartoon when he made his entrance four minutes and forty-five seconds into this video."
“How can anyone do this?”
As Hess reported last week, the spliced footage has made its way into another children’s video, this time on the main YouTube site itself. Worse, she says “looking back at the comments it appears that people began reporting this video approximately 8 months ago, yet it is still able to be viewed.”
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