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YouTube Mistakes ‘Pokémon GO’ Combat Points For Child Porn, Suspends Users

YouTube Mistakes ‘Pokémon GO’ Combat Points For Child Porn, Suspends Users

As reported on the BBC yesterday (18 February), a number of YouTubers had their accounts suspended after the online video platform determined that their Pokémon GO gameplay videos were, actually, something to do with - and strap yourself in, because this is a stretch - child pornography.

YouTube has now reinstated the accounts of high-profile users Mystic7, Marksman and Trainer Tips - who have 3.5 million subscribers between them - after getting to the bottom of a very strange, and not at all savoury problem.

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Videos the three channels - and more besides - uploaded were allmet with the same message, that "YouTube prohibits uploading ... any activity that sexulises minors." One YouTuber, Billiam Thies, said that he'd not only had his YouTube channel suspended, but his entire Google account deleted. Both are back in business, as are all of the accounts affected in the bizarre strike.

Sad Pokémon
Sad Pokémon

So, what was causing this very weird situation? According to GamesIndustry.biz, it was probably the shorthand for Pokémon GO Combat Points that caused the stink. "CP" can be flagged as meaning "Child Pornography" (those letters check out, yep), leading to so many Pokémon GO videos being flagged as potentially containing prohibited material.

Google itself is yet to officially comment on what caused this mess. YouTubers impacted by it have complained of a "total lack of communication" from Google, and asked that human beings check videos before accounts are suspended - or worse - rather than leave it up to some clearly pretty fallible automated processes.

This is... Certainly a story, isn't it? Let us know what you think about it - we're on Facebook and Twitter.

Topics: Technology, video games, pokemon go, pokemon, gamingbible, YouTube

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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