Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Google is hiring 10000 reviewers to clean up YouTube

Google is hiring 10000 reviewers to clean up YouTube

She didn't say how many people already do that job.

She said that since June, when Youtube deployed new technology to flag violent extremist content for human review, the platform had manually reviewed almost 2m videos and removed 150,000.

"We will continue the significant growth of our teams into next year, with the goal of bringing the total number of people across Google working to address content that might violate our policies to over 10,000 in 2018".

Google is also taking a hard-line on the comments section of YouTube in order to root out abusive and hateful comments left by everyone from cowardly cretins spewing bile from the behind the safety of their computers, to unsafe sexual predators attempting to use YouTube as means to manipulate people.

Wojcicki said machine learning is helping Youtube's human reviewers remove almost five times as many videos than previously and that today, 98 per cent of the videos removed for violent extremism were flagged by machine-learning algorithms.

Amid what amounts to the second wave of the YouTube 'Adpocalypse', whereby inappropriate content has been discovered to target young children, CEO Susan Wojcicki is personally addressing the video giant's expanded efforts to wipe out policy-violating videos.

Reuters reported last month that several major advertisers - such as Lidl and Mars - had pulled ads from the platform over "clips of scantily clad children".

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As for speed of removal, incoming technology will allow YouTube to take down almost 70% of violent extremist content within eight hours of upload and almost half of it in two hours. YouTube said Monday that it is also taking steps to try to reassure advertisers that their ads won't run next to gross videos.

The YouTube CEO also stated that the company had developed a "computer-learning" technology capable of weeding out radical content on the platform, where hundreds of minutes of videos are uploaded each minute.

Machine learning methods are now removing close to five times as many videos as they had been previously, the post said.

In recent weeks, machine learning has helped YouTube to identify and remove the content, as well as inappropriate accounts.

YouTube has weathered a constant stream of negative press in 2017 for the role it has unwittingly played in the spread of misinformation, hate speech, and other content which could be harmful to children.

YouTube will also expand its number of reviewers that check to make sure ads run next to appropriate videos.

"As challenges to our platform evolve and change, our enforcement methods must and will evolve to respond to them".

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