The Mod Squad: YouTube to Protect Kids With Army of Content Moderators

YouTube has faced a wide criticism over extremist violent and disturbing videos and comments

Google is hiring thousands of new moderators after facing widespread backlash for allowing child abuse videos and other violent and offensive content to flourish on YouTube.

Wojcicki says that YouTube is taking lessons learned from the first wave of the Adpocalypse - which was ultimately triggered by violent and extremist content - and applying them to tackle other forms of problematic content (as well as video comments), including those that pose child safety concerns and feature hate speech. Its machine learning systems, which flag 98% of videos removed for violent extremism, now help human reviewers remove almost five times as many videos than they were previously.

The decision comes after the popular video platform - which is owned by Google - faced increasing pressure in recent weeks over content targeting or involving children.

Rounding out the changes, YouTube will increase how it protects advertisers and creators from inappropriate content by applying stricter criteria, conducting more manual curation, and significantly ramping up its team of ad reviewers to ensure ads only run where they should.

"I've seen how some bad actors are exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm", she wrote in a blog post.

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In a blog post, Wojcicki said the company was already taking "aggressive action" on comments, and was testing new systems to counter threats that combine human and automated checks. (NASDAQ:GOOGL), plans to dedicate more people to help weed out extremist content from the video sharing website. Some 250 advertisers earlier this year also said they would boycott YouTube because of extremist videos that promoted hate and violence.

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

The goal is to bring the total number of people across Google working to address content that might violate its policies to over 10,000 in 2018, she said.

The company will also focus on training its machine-learning algorithm to help human reviewers identify and terminate accounts and comments violating the site's rules.

The technology has reviewed and flagged content that would have taken 180,000 people working 40 hours a week to assess, according to Wojcicki.

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