Over the weekend people reported that typing “how to have” would be completed with several variations on “s*x with your kids”.
Some speculated that an attempt to troll YouTube results was responsible for making the phrases appear.
“Earlier today our teams were alerted to this profoundly disturbing auto complete result and we worked to quickly remove it as soon as we were made aware,” said a YouTube spokeswoman.
“We are investigating this matter to determine what was behind the appearance of this autocompletion,” she added.
YouTube has not yet given an explanation of why the phrase “how to have s*x with your kids” was suddenly being so widely suggested.
This could have been an attempt to populate YouTube with search results that embarrass the site, he said.
None of the videos that the “how to have” results linked to showed abuse of children.
The disturbing results came after a week in which YouTube was widely criticised for not doing enough to stop sexual predators targeting young users of the site.