YouTube to hire over 10,000 people to monitor bad content

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London, Dec 5: Popular video-sharing site YouTube will more than 10,000 people in 2018 to review and control violent extremism on its platform, along with curbing content that endangers kids.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Susan Wojcicki, Chief Executive of the Google-owned video-sharing site, said on Monday that “bad actors are exploiting” YouTube to “mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm”, news agency IANS quoted.

“We will continue the growth of our teams, 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,” Wojcicki added.

YouTube along with other social media sites Facebook, Google and Twitter have come under scrutiny over the availability of terror related content and propaganda on their platforms.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has also asked social media platforms to remove terror content following a series of terror-related attacks this year in the country.

“The tech companies have made significant progress on this issue, but we need to go further and faster to reduce the time it takes to reduce terrorist content online,” May had said in October.

Prior to this, last month YouTube had announced that it will remove content on the platform that attempts to pass as being “friendly for kids”.

“While some of these videos may be suitable for adults, others are completely unacceptable, so we are working to remove them from YouTube,” Johanna Wright, Vice President of Product Management, YouTube, penned in a blog post.

The Google-owned company will apply machine learning technology and automated tools in a bid  to identify potentially exploitive content.

YouTube has terminated 50 channels and dismissed thousands of videos as also advertisements from 5,00,000 exploitative videos under the current set of norms.

In the meantime, YouTube Kids has announced new measures for parents if they find children watching inappropriate videos at home even by mistake.

With more than 800 million learning video views per day, YouTube Kids is now accessible in 37 countries.

Wefornews Bureau 

 

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