The NZ Transport Agency and Inland Revenue, too, have withdrawn adverts from YouTube, as 1 News probed the matter. The broadcaster’s owner – the state-owned TVNZ – have also stopped advertising with YouTube.
The videos don’t necessarily violate YouTube’s content policies, but the comments below the clips often included inappropriate sexual references and innuendo.
YouTube have since removed millions of comments from the site.
“Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube,” read a statement from the company.
“We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors.
“There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”