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'Sesame Street' survives porn scare

Published: Friday, Oct. 21 2011 3:15 p.m. MDT

Internet hackers replaced popular "Sesame Street" content on YouTube with graphic pornography earlier this week.

CNN reports that the pornographic videos remained live on YouTube's "Sesame Street" channel for approximately 20 minutes Sunday until YouTube site operators temporarily shut down the entire channel.

"The show's channel was taken offline Sunday afternoon, and visitors were greeted with a message from the video website informing them it had been shut down 'due to repeated or severe violations of our community guidelines.' Users who accessed the account earlier had found explicit sex videos instead of Muppets."

Washington Post blogger Terri Rupar wrote, "It was unclear how long the content had been up. San Francisco's ABC affiliate, KGO-TV, reported that one of the adult videos was eight minutes long, but that none of them included 'Sesame Street' characters."

Sesame Workshop released a statement Sunday night: "Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restore our original content. We always strive to provide age-appropriate content for our viewers and hope to resolve this problem quickly."

By Monday, the "Sesame Street" YouTube channel was once again fully functional.

EMAIL: jaskar@desnews.com

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