Ever been browsing YouTube for something to watch and been recommended a video of Elsa from Frozen being force fed or one of Peppa Pig drinking bleach? Before you questioned humanity’s existence for being, you probably wondered what the hell was going on. Clearly, this is a problem YouTube has been forced to deal with too (as has our own Courtney Enlow), as their Kids app has been plagued with this super creepy and highly specific issue. While the app is intended as a way for parents to ensure young children can use the site without stumbling upon something inappropriate, a lot of these disturbing videos have slipped through the cracks.
The Outline recently wrote a piece on this strange world of off-brand Peppa Pig knock-offs that veer into distinctly Cronenbergian territory, as well as rip-offs of Doc McStuffins wherein our heroic little doctor deals with everything from unusual body rashes to a minor zombie outbreak. As the piece notes, parents will find this stuff horrifying, but if you’re a 3 year old fan of the show, you probably won’t know this isn’t the real thing, which has its own unsettling implications before we even get into issues of copyright infringement.
Now, YouTube has revealed plans to block such content from getting through to Kids app users, a move that follows previously announced decisions to remove advertising from similar videos. Keep in mind that YouTube is still a massive financial drain for its owners, so it needs to do everything possible to keep its platform as consumer and advertising friendly as possible. For parents of young kids, the site is a blessing for keeping the little ones entertained for an hour or so with a seemingly endless stream of their favourite shows, so who wouldn’t want to make sure the vore bleach drinking dentist fetish pus exploding rip-offs were out of the way?
But seriously, don’t spend too long looking for Peppa Pig videos on YouTube, your brain won’t be able to handle it.
But hey, there’s always that weird Frozen fetish Tumblr page!