There is bestiality on YouTube, and it’s surprisingly easy to find. It’s also surprisingly prevalent, but not in videos — in video thumbnails, some of which have racked up millions of views.
Search YouTube for “girl and her horse” and the platform will return more than 12 million results. Among the first 20 results are four videos promoted with thumbnails of women seemingly engaged in sexual acts with horses. The top search return for the query? A video titled “Fantastic Girl and Her Horse in My Village” promoted with a half-blurred thumbnail of a woman being mounted by a horse with an erection. Created by an account called “SC Today,” the video has amassed nearly 35,000 views in the four weeks it’s been on YouTube.
The “Fantastic Girl and Her Horse in My Village” video itself does not feature any bestiality. It’s largely footage of a woman bathing and brushing a horse. But clicking on it triggers YouTube’s recommendation engine, which promptly serves up dozens more animal videos — many with thumbnails featuring graphic bestiality. One such thumbnailed video, published by a channel called “ALL ANIMAL,” had amassed 2.3 million views at the time of this writing.
Most of these bestiality-thumbed videos — which appear to originate in South Asian countries like Cambodia — feature women in sundresses playing with or caring for animals like horses and dogs; some feature upskirt angles and crotch shots of women as they bathe or brush horses and dogs. And there are many. Without needing to search, YouTube’s recommendation algorithm pointed BuzzFeed News to dozens of accounts, each…