Porn Uploaded To Sesame Street's YouTube Account

By Mack Rawden 2011-10-16 20:51:32
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Sesame Streetís YouTube page has been temporarily taken down after a group of hackers infiltrated it and uploaded a slew of pornographic videos. Itís unclear exactly how long the offending material may have been up, but by Sunday afternoon, the long-running PBS program's page was replaced with a message accusing Oscar the Grouch and his friends of violating the companyís ďcommunity guidelinesĒ.

According to CNN, the usernames of two separate YouTube account holders were posted on Sesame Streetís page and identified as the perpetrators before the whole thing was shutdown, but one later took to his own page to vigorously deny the allegations. It seems strange hackers would be foolish enough to out themselves on the same page they infiltrated, but since I donít work for the FBI, Iíll reserve judgment.

Regardless of who committed the offense, this whole thing is poor form. I get the impulse to play a practical joke on YouTube, but thereís no reason to choose a blameless target thatís provided wonderful and educational childrenís content for decades. Sesame Street should be off limits.

As of press time, neither PBS nor YouTube have released official statements on what happened, but it seems likely theyíll speak on the matter in the next day or so. Assumedly, the company will also restore Sesame Streetís account in the near future, as it seems very unlikely producers willingly took their content in an X-rated, terms of service violating direction.
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