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YouTube's 10000-strong team to moderate videos for extremism

YouTube's 10000-strong team to moderate videos for extremism

YouTube will be having a 10000-strong moderation team to stop extremist videos being posted online.

The video sharing website - which has its headquarters in California - are increasing their staffing levels on the moderation team to help combat terrorism.

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, wrote in a blog post: "Human reviewers remain essential to both removing content and training machine learning systems because human judgment is critical to making contextualized decisions on content. Since June, our trust and safety teams have manually reviewed nearly 2 million videos for violent extremist content, helping train our machine-learning technology to identify similar videos in the future.

"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.

At the same time, we are expanding the network of academics, industry groups and subject matter experts who we can learn from and support to help us better understand emerging issues."

And the video platform will be producing regular reports to show how they are helping to tackle extremism.

Wojcicki added: "We understand that people want a clearer view of how we're tackling problematic content. Our Community Guidelines give users notice about what we do not allow on our platforms and we want to share more information about how these are enforced.

"That's why in 2018 we will be creating a regular report where we will provide more aggregate data about the flags we receive and the actions we take to remove videos and comments that violate our content policies. We are looking into developing additional tools to help bring even more transparency around flagged content."

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