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'Fortnite' Latest News & Update: Pedophile Scandals Scare Epic Games Off of YouTube

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There are certain effects guaranteed to occur when a scandal involving pedophilia comes up and among them is the desperate attempt to place some distance between it and anyone even remotely involved. This is what is happening with YouTube and Epic Games, right now, with the developers of “Fortnite” pulling their ads from the streaming service over inappropriate comments.

For those confused by this development, YouTube basically has a huge problem with its kid-friendly section right now where pedophiles or would-be child abusers are leaving distasteful comments. Naturally, Epic would rather not be associated with such behavior. This led to the company behind “Fortnite” pulling its ads from YouTube until further notice, The Guardian reports.

As for why this would even matter to the developers, it’s simply a fact that “Fortnite” is hugely popular among children, right now. This applies to its PC, console, and mobile forms, and Epic wants to maintain a family-friendly image because of this. Unfortunately, having its ads appear alongside comments of a pedophilic nature is not exactly doing the trick.

The problem appears to be much more sophisticated than disturbed users typing in the dark, as well. There have already been investigative videos made about the subject, highlighting the activities of these users who are actually strategizing and sharing secrets to indulge in their horrible behavior. With the problem being this rampant, it might actually start affecting “Fortnite” somehow.

As to what YouTube is doing about this particular scandal, it’s beginning to look like there isn’t much that the site can really do. Short of tweaking its algorithms a little more and employing thousands of employees to go through comment sections one by one, it’s an issue with few practical solutions. As such, the “Fortnite” maker will simply have to keep its ads away until the problem is resolved somehow.

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