YouTube Removed 8.3 Million Videos in Three Months

YouTube Removed 8.3 Million Videos in Three Months

YouTube Removed 8.3 Million Videos in Three Months

In its first quarterly Community Guidelines Enforcement Report, Youtube has allowed the users to view the status of videos they've flagged for review. On the other hand, it is a victory for people, including free speech activists, who have called for social media platforms to be more transparent about how they handle flagged content and policy violations, and may put more pressure on Facebook and Twitter.

While the vast majority of these were automatically flagged by Google's machine army, the sky-high figure includes a worrying 1.6 million user reports of live child abuse videos, and over 490,000 human complaints regarding extremist content. As per one of the instance given by Youtube, 8 percent of the videos flagged and removed for violent extremism were taken down with fewer than 10 views at the very onset of the previous year.

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With up to 300 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute, it's clear staying on top of dodgy videos represents a Herculean task for the service.

Google-owned YouTube provides the needed content information for Internet users but it has also faced severe criticism about its inaction in dealing with inappropriate content like unnecessary spam and adult videos. The report reviews the promises YouTube made in December previous year that licensed users to handle abuse and review videos as per their convenience. Of these, about 80 percent of videos have been removed without receiving a single view. The issue came to the forefront past year after a report by The Times, but many content creators say YouTube's updated policies have made it very hard to monetize on the platform, even though their videos don't violate its rules.

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When flagging a video, human flaggers can select a reason they are reporting the video and leave comments or video timestamps for YouTube's reviewers.

One for the conspiracy theorists: 73 of the 8.28 million videos flagged were reported by government agencies.

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