Toy Freaks’ 8.53 million YouTube subscribers must look elsewhere for entertainment.
That is because the popular content creator, which was the 68th-most viewed channel on YouTube, has been shut down for allegedly disturbing content. The termination follows Google’s decision to crack down on inappropriate children’s content.
Toy Freaks featured videos of a single dad and his two daughters in benign, odd and sometimes upsetting situations. Despite its immense popularity, the channel sometimes depicted content that was considered disturbing by viewers.
Blogger James Bridle recently mentioned Toy Freaks in a write-up about the trend of disturbing kid-targeted YouTube content. Bridle said the channel specialized “in gross-out situations, as well as activities which many, many viewers feel border on abuse and exploitation, if not cross the line entirely, including videos of the children vomiting and in pain.”
YouTube’s decision to close the channel, as well as removed almost all the videos from Toy Freaks’ secondary channel, is part of the company’s pro-active stance to filter out content inappropriate for kids.
“We take child safety extremely seriously and have clear policies against child endangerment,” a rep for YouTube said in a statement published by Variety. “We recently tightened the enforcement of these policies to tackle content featuring minors where we receive signals that cause concern.”
Adding, “It’s not always clear that the uploader of the content intends to break our rules, but we may still remove their videos to help protect viewers, uploaders and children.”
YouTube announced a new policy last week to restrict content deemed unsuitable for children from being accessible in the YouTube Kids app, after reports of videos targeting children featuring violent and disturbing imagery.