It looks like the scheme is to use playlists as a method to contain ad-filled videos with stolen content for pointless listening or watching. These longer videos make the real money.

My guess is that Best Deep House, Libby Witting, and KAIN were legitimate YouTube accounts that were successful enough to make purchase requests – or get hacked. You can pinpoint the moment when these accounts were converted from their original content to the money-making system.

I tried to follow the money. Who benefited from it? There were three account types here: the sex bots who left comments to get to a playlist, the playlist compilers, and the owners of the videos that ended up on the playlists.

The only accounts that make money from these views are the owners of the videos from the crazy playlists.

Here is the full scheme as I understand it:

  1. YouTube sex bots leave horny comments based on videos whose titles contain tags like #short and #shorts. This is how they found me – I post videos with hashtags in the title to make it easier to discover.
  2. The sex bot accounts themselves don’t post videos, but they do post playlists.
  3. The playlists are all created by a separate account and start with a misleading thumbnail that looks like pornography but is actually a two-second video.
  4. The rest of the playlist contains videos from another account, mostly a mix of fake sex videos and extremely long videos of attractive female gamers – pirated copies of their rightful owners – positive-thinking affirmations, or senseless listening to music like house or atmospheric music.
  5. The owners of the accounts with the longer videos used to be legitimate accounts with real content, but they were either hacked or purchased a few months ago.
  6. These accounts make money from ads based on views. Here is an example of what one of the videos made from Influencer Marketing, according to the YouTube Money Calculator:

Screenshot of YouTube’s money calculator.

My only remaining question is why YouTube continues to allow this.

My guess? You benefit. While it is annoying for me as an end user to receive these spam comments on my video, the end goal for both the owner of these spam accounts and YouTube is the same: advertising revenue.

It would be easy to implement a filter to prevent bots from leaving multiple comments – or even to filter out the five comments these bots go through, e.g. B. “Need Lovely Lov 💝💖 ♥ ️❤️”, “Awesome 😍💋 💝💖 ♥ ️” ❤️, “” Fantastic 😍💋 💝💖 ♥ ️❤️. “

But for every view that Libby Witting’s fraudulent money makes, YouTube also takes their 45% stake. The company has a very real incentive to keep these bots running their effective business to get people to watch more videos. If Libby Witting is doing the hard work leading people to these spam videos, why should YouTube step in?

I’m not the first person to take a stand on these comments, so YouTube is well aware of the problem. A YouTuber from @ thatstarwarsgirl77 tweeted directly on YouTube, just with a potted answer from the support team.

YouTube just doesn’t seem to care.

This dirty trip is also a commentary on how attractively women are marketed, sometimes without their knowledge. All of the faux sex videos feature mostly female faces. The player content has been stolen from attractive women. Best Deep House shows pictures of women in bikinis. Even Abraham Hicks’ affirmation video showed the silhouette of a woman with long hair blowing gently in the wind.

And of course, all of the cheating starts with the sex bots, which feature attractive, scantily clad women depicted on their profile.

When I began this research, I expected it to be as simple as my foray into the world of Instagram scams, “dm to collab,” a story about marketing and social media in the digital age.

However, these sex bots revealed two complex problems: First, YouTube has no incentive to stop this type of spam behavior if it benefits from it, even though the system violates many of their rules Spam, Impersonation, misleading content and thumbnails, copyrighted content, misleading playlists, and false engagement. Second, sex still sells. While anyone can say these sex bots are fraudulent, Dr. Lincoln Stoltenberg PhD Dr. Still getting tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of views of these videos through its spam sex bot comment strategy.

So the next time you see an attractive woman named Kyson Harper commenting on a YouTube video that she needs “Lovely 😍💋 💝💖 ♥ ️❤️,” you’ll know why, where, and how. Now YouTube must decide what – if anything – it will ever do about it.