Youtube to Fight Terror Content Online
Barely a month prior, Youtube educated people over the internet concerning the four new strides they will be taking in order to battle terrorist content on YouTube: better identification and quicker evacuation driven by machine adapting, more specialists to caution Youtube to review particular content, harder norms for recordings that are dubious yet don’t damage our arrangements, and more work in the counter terrorism space.
Youtube recently began developing and implementing cutting-edge machine learning technology designed to help us identify and remove violent extremism and terrorism-related content in a scalable way. We have started rolling out these tools and we are already seeing some positive progress:
Machine learning systems are faster and more effective than ever before. Over 75 percent of the videos youtube has removed for violent extremism over the past month were taken down before receiving a single human flag.
The accuracy of systems has improved dramatically due to machine learning technology. While these tools aren’t perfect, and aren’t right for every setting, in many cases the systems have proven more accurate than humans at flagging videos that need to be removed.
With over 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute, finding and taking action on violent extremist content poses a significant challenge. But over the past month, youtube’s initial use of machine learning has more than doubled both the number of videos we’ve removed for violent extremism, as well as the rate at which we’ve taken this kind of content down.
Youtube has started rolling out features from Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to YouTube. When people search for sensitive keywords on YouTube, they will be redirected towards a playlist of curated YouTube videos that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages. Youtube also continues to amplify voices speaking out against hate and radicalization through YouTube Creators for Change program. Just last week, the U.K. chapter of Creators for Change, Internet Citizens, hosted a two-day workshop for 13-18 year-olds to help them find a positive sense of belonging online and learn skills on how to participate safely and responsibly on the internet.
Youtube will carry on to develop and improve its technology in order to make even more progress. Youtube will be hiring more people and invest in technical resources to keep pace with these issues and address them responsibly.
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