large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

YouTube’s porn ad shame is surely this week’s most bizarre story

In what has to be one of the internet’s more bizarre moments of 2018, YouTube was apparently serving up hardcore porn ads on a number of popular videos. Note that while the author has made every use of his schoolboy Photoshop skills to censor any offensive content, the following article may still be best avoided in certain workplaces and/or unsuitable for our younger readers.

Motherboard was first to report on this particular curious case, which saw a handful of videos from YouTube channel ‘1.347.852 views’ showing an ad depicting graphic sex acts that linked to adult webcam site, CamSoda.

The video in question all featured the same girl (who was apparently dubbed ‘Hot Girl 2018’ on YouTube) gyrating for the camera, but also treated viewers to a saucy thumbnail ad.

More amusingly still, the ‘Hot Girl 2018’ videos were seemingly popular enough to find a place in YouTube’s trending ‘next video’ reel, so users watching popular channels like that of renowned faecal matter receptacle Pewdiepie were subsequently introduced to the dancing girl and accompanying bonking couple.

A quick investigation into the current of play shows that the channel and videos in question have been purged from YouTube for violating its “policy on spam, deceptive practices and scams.” No word on going at it doggystyle, though…

Twitter users were among the first to spot the explicit ad.

Related: Free Pornhub Premium

YouTube porn ad

YouTube subsequently told Motherboard:

“We have clear policies against ads featuring graphic adult content. When we become aware of an ad that violates our policies, we immediately remove it and take appropriate action, including, and up to, suspending the responsible account.”

Which, as we’ve said, is exactly what happened.

Just not before the video in question got some 300,000-odd views…

Do you think YouTube does enough to combat offensive content? Tweet us @TrustedReviews.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.