Elsagate

a controversy surrounding disturbing and/or violent videos depicting characters from children's media franchisesinvolving suggestive imagery and violence while using popular children's figuressupposedly child-friendly videos containing disturbing content on YouTubeviolent and/or sexually suggestive content involving popular characters
Elsagate is a neologism referring to the controversy surrounding videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids that are categorized as "child-friendly", but which contain themes that are inappropriate for children.wikipedia
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YouTube Kids

Elsagate is a neologism referring to the controversy surrounding videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids that are categorized as "child-friendly", but which contain themes that are inappropriate for children.
The app has also been associated with a controversy surrounding disturbing and/or violent videos depicting characters from children's media franchises.

Age appropriateness

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Elsagate is a neologism referring to the controversy surrounding videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids that are categorized as "child-friendly", but which contain themes that are inappropriate for children.

List of "-gate" scandals

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The videos often feature popular characters from family-oriented media, sometimes via crossovers, used without legal permission; the term itself is composed of Elsa (a character from the Disney animated film Frozen, who is frequently depicted in such videos) and -gate (a suffix for scandals).

YouTube

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Elsagate is a neologism referring to the controversy surrounding videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids that are categorized as "child-friendly", but which contain themes that are inappropriate for children.
YouTube has faced criticism over aspects of its operations, including its handling of copyrighted content contained within uploaded videos, its recommendation algorithms perpetuating videos that promote conspiracy theories and falsehoods, hosting videos ostensibly targeting children but containing violent and/or sexually suggestive content involving popular characters, videos of minors attracting pedophilic activities in their comment sections, and fluctuating policies on the types of content that is eligible to be monetized with advertising.

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Neologism

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Elsagate is a neologism referring to the controversy surrounding videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids that are categorized as "child-friendly", but which contain themes that are inappropriate for children.

Human sexuality

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Most videos under this classification are notable for presenting content such as violence, sexual situations, fetishes, drugs, alcohol, injections, toilet humor, and dangerous or upsetting situations and activities.

Sexual fetishism

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Most videos under this classification are notable for presenting content such as violence, sexual situations, fetishes, drugs, alcohol, injections, toilet humor, and dangerous or upsetting situations and activities.

Recreational drug use

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Most videos under this classification are notable for presenting content such as violence, sexual situations, fetishes, drugs, alcohol, injections, toilet humor, and dangerous or upsetting situations and activities.

Alcohol (drug)

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Most videos under this classification are notable for presenting content such as violence, sexual situations, fetishes, drugs, alcohol, injections, toilet humor, and dangerous or upsetting situations and activities.

Injection (medicine)

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Most videos under this classification are notable for presenting content such as violence, sexual situations, fetishes, drugs, alcohol, injections, toilet humor, and dangerous or upsetting situations and activities.

Crossover (fiction)

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The videos often feature popular characters from family-oriented media, sometimes via crossovers, used without legal permission; the term itself is composed of Elsa (a character from the Disney animated film Frozen, who is frequently depicted in such videos) and -gate (a suffix for scandals).

Elsa (Frozen)

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The videos often feature popular characters from family-oriented media, sometimes via crossovers, used without legal permission; the term itself is composed of Elsa (a character from the Disney animated film Frozen, who is frequently depicted in such videos) and -gate (a suffix for scandals).

Frozen (2013 film)

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The videos often feature popular characters from family-oriented media, sometimes via crossovers, used without legal permission; the term itself is composed of Elsa (a character from the Disney animated film Frozen, who is frequently depicted in such videos) and -gate (a suffix for scandals).

Toy Freaks

However, the Elsagate controversy has also included channels such as Toy Freaks that don't feature child/family-friendly characters, but real children, and have raised concern about possible child abuse.

Child abuse

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However, the Elsagate controversy has also included channels such as Toy Freaks that don't feature child/family-friendly characters, but real children, and have raised concern about possible child abuse.

Live action

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Most videos in this category are either live action films or crude digital animations, although a few channels have been using more elaborate techniques such as clay animation.

Computer animation

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Most videos in this category are either live action films or crude digital animations, although a few channels have been using more elaborate techniques such as clay animation.

Clay animation

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Most videos in this category are either live action films or crude digital animations, although a few channels have been using more elaborate techniques such as clay animation.

Search engine results page

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In order to capture search results and attract attention from users, their titles and descriptions feature names of famous characters, as well as keywords like "education", "learn colors", "nursery rhymes", etc.

Clickbait

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In order to capture search results and attract attention from users, their titles and descriptions feature names of famous characters, as well as keywords like "education", "learn colors", "nursery rhymes", etc.

Index term

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In order to capture search results and attract attention from users, their titles and descriptions feature names of famous characters, as well as keywords like "education", "learn colors", "nursery rhymes", etc.

Online advertising

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They also include automatically placed ads, making them lucrative to their owners and YouTube.

Child protection

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While criticism of the channels themselves has existed since at least 2014, public awareness of the phenomenon grew in 2017, as mainstream media started to report about child safety on YouTube.