Saturday, 18 August, 2018

YouTube shares first quarterly report on video takedowns, new Reporting dashboard

YouTube publishes deleted videos report YouTube releases its first report about how it handles flagged videos and policy violations
Kayla Schwartz | 24 April, 2018, 13:04

"Now more than half of the videos we remove for violent extremism have fewer than 10 views".

Subsequently, YouTube has removed more than 150,000 videos and cleared off the comments in about 625,000 videos. "We introduced machine learning flagging in June 2017", it noted.

Responding to the repeated criticism, YouTube has removed 8.3 million videos overall in the last three months of 2017, according to its first quarterly report. The vast majority of these - almost 6.7 million - were automatically flagged by machines, with 1.1 million being identified by YouTube's trusted flaggers, and 400,000 being flagged by normal users.

YouTube's report positions views a video received before being removed as a benchmark for the success of its anti-abuse measures.

It goes on to note that, in 2017, automated systems helped flag more violent extremist content for human review and its advances in machine learning meant that almost 70% of violent extremism content was taken down within eight hours, and half of it in two hours.

YouTube has for the first time revealed a report detailing how many videos it takes down due to violations of the platform's policies-and it's a really big number.

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Trusted Flaggers include individuals, NGOs, and government agencies.

Out of these videos, some 6.6 million of these were flagged by an algorithm.

In its Policy and Safety guidelines, YouTube clearly states the kind of content that is not suitable for the platform, including nudity or sexual content, hateful content, harmful or risky content, violent or graphic content, threats, harassment and cyberbullying, spams, misleading false videos, and, of course, copyright content. "We've also hired full-time specialists with expertise in violent extremism, counterterrorism, and human rights, and we've expanded regional expert teams".

Machine learning-or AI, as the tech industry often likes to call it-involves training algorithms on data so that they become able to spot patterns and take actions by themselves, without human intervention. Recently along with other sites & apps, there has been pressure on YouTube by national governments & European Union to remove videos spreading hate and unhealthy content.

The bulk, however, of video checking is done by AI - something that is unlikely to change given the sheer amount of content that is being flagged, although YouTube is said to be recruiting thousands of people to aid in this job.

"Deploying machine learning actually means more people reviewing content, not fewer".

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