YouTube says over 10000 workers will help curb shady videos

06 December, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • YouTube Will Add More Human Moderators To Stop Its Child Exploitation Problem

A Times investigation last month revealed that Youtube videos showing "scantily clad children" had attracted comments from hundreds of paedophiles, in some cases encouraging them to perform sex acts.

The CEO of the world's most well-known video hosting website declared that it will employ new and improved digital algorithms as well as thousands of human moderators in order to shield its juvenile audience from disturbing content.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says "some bad actors are exploiting" the Google-owned service to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm".

For instance, Wojcicki says that YouTube will have 10,000 people working to address questionable content by 2018 - noting that human reviewers are essential to training the company's machine learning systems. In a Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, blog post, Wojcicki said that more than 10,000 workers will be helping curb videos that violate YouTube's policies from the platform.

The reports led several big brands including Mars and Adidas to pull advertising from the site.

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At the time YouTube also said it was developing a way to redirect users searching specific keywords on the website to playlists featuring videos that counter extremist content.

In order to combat this issue, the video hosting intends to "apply stricter criteria and conduct more manual curation" while simultaneously boosting its team of human reviewers "to ensure ads are only running where they should". She did not say how many people now monitor YouTube for offensive videos.

The technology has reviewed and flagged content that would have taken 180,000 people working 40 hours a week to assess, according to Wojcicki.

Previous efforts to tackle "problematic" content have seen regular YouTube content creators complain about ads being removed from their videos - while major companies pulling their ads is also likely to have a knock-on effect on regular channels looking to earn advertising revenue.

"It's important we get this right for both advertisers and creators, and over the next few weeks, we'll be speaking with both to hone this approach". "But no matter what challenges emerge, our commitment to combat them will be sustained and unwavering".

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