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Google staff set to hunt down extremist YouTube content - CEO

05 Décembre 2017

Susan Wojcicki, chief executive of Google-owned YouTube said it would be expanding its team of moderators as she admitted that "bad actors" were "exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm".

"We want advertisers to have peace of mind that their ads are running alongside content that reflects their brand's values", she said.

YouTube last month announced it will remove content on the platform that attempts to pass as being "friendly for kids". Some of the videos highlighted also featured underage children in suggestive situations, and attracted comments from sexual predators.

"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". Machine learning was playing a key role in identifying and removing such content, Wojcicki said: "Since we started using machine learning to flag violent and extremist content in June, the technology has reviewed and flagged content that would have taken 180,000 people working 40 hours a week to assess".

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The company, she said, has developed "computer-learning" technology that can identify videos with extremist content or content that risked the safety of child users.

Over the past six months, more than 150,000 videos of violent extremism have been removed, she added.

Ms Wojcicki said the site would now be taking a "new approach" to advertising, and would be "significantly ramping up" its team of ad reviewers to ensure ads only run where they should.

YouTube has faced backlash over the distribution and monetization of inappropriate content multiple times this year, something that Wojcicki acknowledged by saying that it had been "a hard year".

Google staff set to hunt down extremist YouTube content - CEO