Parents are outraged over mock videos of popular cartoon character, Peppa Pig, dressed as a gangster, which left their kids traumatised.
The Sun reported that furious parents found the videos alongside official clips on a YouTube app for youngsters, YouTube Kids, which was launched last year.
The app was supposed to protect children from the dangers of the web and let them watch safely, but parents have found that the app contains mock animations of Peppa chasing characters with knives and guns and even setting a house on fire.
One mum said: “I thought I could safely let my three-year-old watch Peppa Pig on YouTube Kids. But when I looked over his shoulder I saw a terrifying witch abducting George. The whole video was vile.”
The Sun discovered that it only took minutes for a child aged three to find the videos, even though parental settings were set to content for preschool kids. Mock videos of kids’ other favourite characters can also be found, and many of these videos have been watched over three million times.
In one video, a cigarette-smoking, knife-weilding “gangster” pig threatens the fairy princess from kids’ favourite, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom.
In another video, Peppa can be seen flying a kite with cartoon character Masha when a horrifying clown carrying a knife swoops down, puts Masha in a cage and carries her off.
Last night, YouTube said they removed the clips, adding that: “Any that don’t belong in the app are removed within hours.”