YouTube is receiving criticism for videos that teach how to steal cars. Several associations have requested the platform to remove this type of content.
The world of social networks gives visibility to all types of content and when it comes to video, YouTube is one of the benchmarks. The Google company is strict with the type of publications that are shared on its platform, but that has not stopped YouTube from being criticized for videos that teach how to steal cars.
This kind of tutorials are more frequent than you imagine and serve as a guide to steal a vehicle. With these contents, anyone can venture to steal a vehicle, and this is causing an upturn in this type of crime, especially in the United States.
For this reason, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud and the International Association of Special Investigation Units have sent a joint letter to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki requesting to the platform to remove the videos that give detailed instructions to steal cars.
Criticism of YouTube for videos that teach how to steal cars
We still don’t know YouTube’s response to this request, but other social networks are not as inflexible with the type of content that is published on them, as is the case with TikTok. In this Chinese social network it is still allowed to share videos in which it is explained how to steal a vehicle with the only warning that the video can be dangerous.
With the increase in car thefts in the United States in recent months as a result of the proliferation of this type of video on social networks, phenomena such as the Kia Boyz have emerged.
This group of teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 is dedicated to stealing Kia and Hyundai cars on weekends, while recording videos showing how they are stolen in less than three minutes.
This justifies the fact that in August 2022, 601 Hyundai and Kia vehicles were stolen in Cook County (Illinois, United States), which represents 936% more than in August of the previous year, when 58 vehicles of these two brands were stolen. . Other US cities are also registering increases in vehicle thefts, reaching one theft every hour.
And it’s not just cars that are stolen. Vehicle attacks occur in many corners of the globe, such as the widespread theft of catalytic converters, tires and steering wheels, or headlight thefts of Porsche vehicles, which are popular in places like Brazil and the Netherlands.