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Google expanding moderation team to 10000 amid concerns over 'inappropriate' YouTube videos

Google expanding moderation team to 10000 amid concerns over 'inappropriate' YouTube videos

Susan also added that the website will also take aggressive actions on comments posted under videos. Since June, Wojcicki says, YouTube's teams have manually reviewed almost 2 million videos for violent extremist content - with more than 150,000 videos ultimately being taken down during this time.

Google plans to bring the total number of people working to address content that may violate its policies to over 10,000 in 2018.

YouTube addressed the issue this week, saying it has reviewed almost 2 million videos for violent, extreme content and removed more than 150,000 of those videos since June - largely with the help of its "machine-learning technology" that can identify problematic videos.

Several advertisers, included Mars Inc., Adidas and Diageo, said they would pull their campaigns off YouTube in the aftermath, fearing the videos would attract pedophiles, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Now, we are applying the lessons we've learned from our work fighting violent extremism content over the past year in order to tackle other problematic content", Wojcicki wrote.

"We want advertisers to have peace of mind that their ads are running alongside content that reflects their brand's values", she said.

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"We've heard loud and clear from creators that we have to be more accurate when it comes to reviewing content, so we don't demonetise videos by mistake". She did not say how many people now monitor YouTube for offensive videos.

In a blog post, Ms Wojcicki explained: "Human reviewers remain essential to both removing content and training machine learning systems because human judgment is critical to making contextualised decisions on content". The website said it is drastically increasing the number of people in charge of overseeing content.

Wojcicki said that in addition to an increase in human moderators, YouTube is continuing to develop advanced machine-learning technology to automatically flag problematic content for removal.

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

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


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