YouTube Celebrates Censorship: Boasts 100,000 Videos Banned for 'Hate Speech'

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Although the spread of white supremacist content has garnered a lot of attention for YouTube, the company also points out that such violative videos only represent a tiny fraction of the vast amount of content that gets uploaded every hour. "However, after a re-review of the content, we reinstated the channels", a YouTube spokesperson told CNN Business. The company says it has this quarter removed over 100,000 videos and terminated over 17,000 channels for hate speech - a 5x increase over Q1. YouTube said the almost 30,000 videos removed for hate speech over the last month generated just three percent of the views that knitting videos did over the same period.

YouTube conceded that the spikes in removal numbers are due in part to the deletion of older videos, channels and comments that were previously permitted. While arguably these videos would be considered hate speech, much seems to be left online.

"We spent months carefully developing the policy and working with our teams to create the necessary trainings and tools required to enforce it", the company wrote.

The policy also removes content that denies any well-documented violent events, such as the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. "Though it can take months for us to ramp up enforcement of a new policy, the profound impact of our hate speech policy update is already evident in the data". "Improvements in our automated flagging systems have helped us detect and review content even before it's flagged by our community, and consequently more than 80% of those auto-flagged videos were removed before they received a single view in the second quarter of 2019". Many have complained about YouTube's slipshod approach to policing its platform.

Interestingly, more than 87 percent of the 9 million total videos that YouTube took down in Q2 2019 were flagged by automated systems.

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Because of our ability to remove this content quickly, videos that violate our policies generate a fraction of a percent of the views on YouTube. Some advertisers have also pulled out or limited their buys on the platform out of a concern that their messages will appear next to objectionable content. Additionally, YouTube is also looking into cases of creator-on-creator harassment.

One possible explanation as to why YouTube has made this shift towards pushing "authoritative sources" while neglecting independent creators is that the relative cost to YouTube of making these decisions is small.

Fighting spam is fairly routine these days, as it accounts for the majority of the removals - in Q2, almost 67% of the videos removed were spam or scams.

Last week, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki again said the company is committed to being an open platform.

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