Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

YouTube says over 10000 workers will help curb shady videos

YouTube says over 10000 workers will help curb shady videos

Google is set to increase its taskforce, who will be responsible to weed out extremist content on YouTube, to over 10,000 by next year.

"Because we have seen these positive results, we have begun training machine-learning technology across other challenging content areas, including child safety and hate speech", she added. By training those algorithms to do the same for other types of videos, such as those questionable uploads that targeted children, the platform will be able to take them down a lot faster than it now can.

YouTube's recent issues with videos depicting child abuse and other offensive content are prompting the site to hire additional help.

Addressing the monetization concerns of the creators, Wojcicki, in a separate blog post on YouTube's Creators blog, stated that the creators have made it clear that YouTube needs to be more focused while reviewing the content so that they do not demonetize a valid video.

"We believe this requires a new approach to advertising on YouTube, carefully considering which channels and videos are eligible for advertising".

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The news from YouTube's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, followed a steady stream of negative press surrounding the site's role in spreading harassing videos, misinformation, hate speech and content that is harmful to children.

"Our advances in machine learning let us now take down almost 70 percent of violent extremist content within eight hours of upload and almost half of it in two hours and we continue to accelerate that speed", Wojcicki said. 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.

However, Wojcicki stressed that human reviewers remain essential to both removing content and training machine learning systems because "human judgment is critical to making contextualized decisions on content".

Wojcicki said 180,000 people would have had to work 40 weeks to assess the same amount of content. The website said it is drastically increasing the number of people in charge of overseeing content. "But no matter what challenges emerge, our commitment to combat them will be sustained and unwavering", she declared.

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