Stop people uploading videos with thumbnails with nudity+uncensored privates on YouTube!

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(For more important information relating to the petition itself, read this update. You should also know quickly that there's a TL;DR at the bottom for convenience and a massive link to all of the videos I've seen. *groan*)

 

(The image above/to the right is not an exhaustive representation of the sort of bad thumbnails to come across on YouTube. Please visit the link below for a more complete list of active videos with bad thumbnails I've come across. But be aware that that isn't completely up-to-date either. Also, be wary that there are thumbnails included in the list that are not directly explicit, but are highly sexually suggestive. You'll notice some of them as uncensored thumbnails in the image.)

(A TL;DR is at the bottom for convenience. I've also made an obscenely large list of all the videos with bad thumbnais I've seen there's also a link to an obscenely large list of examples of these videos at https://www.writeurl.com/text/qnwns9baspst6qu15zls/3jbmnnf4k92ms15v6foe (NSFW warning obviously - proceed only if you're mature and wary), all of which I've disliked, reported and commented on telling them to change their thumbnails for their own good, linking to this petition in the process, but I also put together a horrifyingly offensive picture to show you some examples without having to open all the links.

However, I've recently linked all of the videos from the image in order within the link to make it easy and accessible in order to save time...for you - I didn't. I spent a LOT more time than I wished to, actually. This is in case you want to go to the videos and help do things about them.)

Please help me, and hopefully, us all, stop YouTube from ignoring our pleas to cease the generation of content with obscenely sexual and pornographic thumbnails! The continued existence of this content on YouTube is unacceptable and I have tolerated it this much for too long. The idea that many adolescent and sensitive wanderers on YouTube could potentially see and gain ideas from this content is intolerable.

There has already been a petition on this very site about a similar matter at http://chng.it/Cpv5kBD9yc but the petition is five years old, only has 150 supporters, and is now, I dare say, inferior. (I couldn't think of a better way to say it. But I also found a way to contact them about it.) The problem is now much worse, with countless videos actively showing nudity and sometimes even focusing on private parts in the thumbnails of their videos. What's worse, there's even so much as pornography in some of the thumbnails, regardless of whether it's actually visible, human or not. Sexualised thumbnails are barely acceptable (I personally take offence), but this new level of dirty behaviour is intolerable.

The problem isn't the videos. I can always stay the heck away from the content of these nasty videos and there'd be next to no problems if the video is restricted to some point, but making them items where you only have to look and it's your loss is another thing. Thumbnails exist to give the viewers an idea of what the video will be about, but all thumbnails must have and be a warning if the video is about inappropriate content such as these sexual graphics. I have seen videos restricted to 18+ that can easily be seen by their thumbnails when logged out, and that makes this problem universal. And the people don't seem to realise that that is so, even if they are prompted to log in when they click on the videos.

What started the snowball that lead to me getting to this petition was the fact that there were inappropriately displayed thumbnails on the incognito/historyless homepage of YouTube. (I'm on mobile and sign in all the time.) One of these videos still bugs me to this day and has existed for months and even appeared at the second-to-top of the homepage, https://youtu.be/CBI0rvaNm_M - I have reported this one countless times, but it's still there. From that video, there were more. And more. And it began to turn into a reporting spree. There is an abandoned account I now access, and eventually, I completely wiped the history and recommendations to get a better look and I was horrified. Now the channel's homepage will almost certainly contain at LEAST (generously counting) one utterly inappropriate thumbnail at any time, and it's really becoming too much for me.

(By the way, since it's obvious I'm not using an account with an established identity, yes. I'm using that account to do this petition. I completely do not desire to associate such sexual, taboo topics with myself, people who know me from anywhere or even my actual online persona. I just want to be heard. It bothers me. And, by the way, when I asked for help on this petition, they were very supportive of the whole thing, including the way I "made side accounts" to detach this from myself, so it's okay. However, I can't promote my petition or anything, so if anyone's willing enough to do more than sign and share this petition and start taking public action, they'll have to do it theirself. Sorry for the inconvenience. Though, on the off chance someone is willing to be my public voice and do big things, my email's in a recent update.)

These videos all seem to follow multiple patterns, most of which I've classified into one of these groups (many fit into more than one):
-Hentai/Anime (there is an unhidably large amount of it, and the fact that the people are "kawaii" makes it all the more disturbing)
-Adult games
-Breastfeeding footage
-Healthcare, general bodily tips dealing with privates and medical care
-Art/illustrations
-Tribal/non-urban footages (especially African, I even saw a video that said that us Westerners are unfairly forcing them to change to our culture and cover their breasts, and are doing bad by constantly deeming them 100% inappropriate)
-Literal pornography (for humans AND other animals, which is just as offensive)
-Literal clickbait (rarely actually occurring though)
-Featuring of dildos and other models that are nude or have/are privates
-Entire movies (possibly pirated)
-Failed attempted censoring
-Content with thumbnails automatically picked by YouTube
-Foreign videos
For a full index, please visit the link above. But please DON'T if you're sensitive or lustful. Either you'll regret it, or I'll hope you will.

Recently, I've gathered a couple of reasons why reporting these videos doesn't work:

  • Most of the time, reporting these videos only restricts them - and many I report are even already restricted anyway. But as said before, it seems like people don't seem to realise that restricted videos can still show up when logged out, even though they do prompt you to log in to confirm your age when clicking on them.
  • Some nudity, such as breastfeeding, is accepted due to it complying to EDSA (content that is educational, documentarious, scientific or artistic). Even if it is acceptable, no matter the case, bad thumbnails should not be, because children and people with a sensitive disposition should be allowed a choice to ignore these videos completely without feeling violated. If you were a sensitive person and were in a bookstore, would you like to see naked people on a book about human biology? No, you wouldn't open or buy it: you'd leave it alone. Do you honestly think they'd be allowed to have privates in display at such a general public location?

If you're still not convinced, think about this. Imagine if you were a sensitive person or a child at a public venue such as a shopping centre, and you came across an adult place. Would you like to see their inappropriate posters of men and women? Absolutely not. You wouldn't go into the place to observe these things. Why would you want to observe such things at the front of the place? If you did, you would become offended and join the many offended people demanding they take their poster down and maybe even take legal action against the company. That's why companies like that in public places avoid these kinds of conflicts.

Similarly, I have seen videos on YouTube like that. Some videos with bad thumbnails have become just popular enough for some majority of users to see, and there are many, many videos - more or less popular - like that. The thing is, most of the people at these videos don't seem to realise the problem (if they even care), and there are many commenters just going on about things such as "how lovely the breasts/nipples are". Now you may think that children should just avoid the Internet seeing as it isn't a safe place, but that cannot be helped because nearly half of all viewers on YouTube are under 18. Moreover, I imagine that many of the people visiting these videos are children themselves.

To cut to the point, I generally want this to stop. I want to stop reporting these videos to no avail. Generally, I want a group of YouTube employees and moderators to take over this task: checking (or even finding) for videos with bad thumbnails, taking care of them for me instead of having to report some of them and seeing if they do ANYTHING, and getting more of the videos and moving on. I want the team to take action. I want these people to realise that publicly displaying nude, sexual and pornographic content is not okay, especially on a site where almost half of all users are children. Only a few of the videos actually listened to me or got deleted. We need YouTube to wake up and stop all of this.

I also want new policies, regarding thumbnails. If all thumbnails were okay, we'd all be practically safer and have some layer of warning. If no-one does anything, who knows what people will come across in the future on YouTube? Perhaps YouTube might essentially even feature content worthy of PornHub as some of it's main content, something that will repel/repulse a majority of it's sensitive and mature users - which would actually be rather sad when thought about, considering the fact that there are a lot of promising channels and videos on YouTube who even use YouTube for a living.

YouTube, just, notice this. Acknowledge my pleas and DO SOMETHING tostop the productions of videos with bad thumbnails. Your site is an extremely well-known public place, so it has no place for images at the front practically saying: "SPOILERS, this video has a lot of sexy content in it," even if they aren't sexual and are purely artistic or educational. If this is kept up, your site will deter many sensitive people and attract many lewd people who will repeat and accelerate the process, which is just not what we want to deal with, as general users who just want to surf YouTube and have some family friendly or decent content without having nudity practically shoved in out faces at inappropriate times. Bad videos are generally fine enough and out of the way by themselves, but I want to be left with a choice: a choice to either click on the video or leave it, knowing what's going to happen. I don't want to have to glance at uncensored privates with no choice but to be offended. So, please...

Stop all of this.

Thank you.

 

(Props to those who read the whole thing and supported it.)

And now, as promised, the TL;DR:
There are countless thumbnails on YouTube showing and even focusing on privates, including hentai/anime, breastfeeding, health and body tips, medical care, human and non-human varieties of pornography, art, tribal content - in which they don't cover up the same parts up as us in general, clickbait, movies, failed censoring and bad automatic thumbnail picking. Many of these videos are foreign, many of them have existed for ages and some have even appeared on the mobile front page. Some have been reported many times to no avail, possible reasons recently come to light: they comply to EDSA, or people don't realise the restricted videos are still listed when logged out. It's become an unprecedented problem as of now. We need this to stop to make YouTube safe and clean on the outside so even if there are bad videos, it's not displayed to us, children and sensitive against our will. We need people to make sure I don't have to do it for them, and start looking for and getting rid of these videos' thumbnails, as well as make a new rule stating that all video thumbnails must be free of nudity even if it's technically acceptable in the video. Please sign and/or share this petition and help get YouTube to wake up.


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