YouTube said on Tuesday that, it removed more than 100,000 videos and over 17,000 channels for violating its hate speech terms and conditions.
The company said they removed these videos and channels between April and June. These numbers are nearly five tim3s more as compared to the previous quarter. According to them, two-thirds of the videos were under the scam, misleading, and spam category and 90.3 percent removed channels were under these categories. Besides them, YouTube also removed more than 500 million comments that were determined to be hateful. YouTube mainly use artificial intelligence systems to catch hateful content whether it is videos, comments, and channels. Now nearly 80 percent of the hate speech videos gets auto flagged and gets removed before getting a single view on them in the second quarter of 2019, according to a blog post.
“We’ve been removing harmful content since YouTube was started, but our investment in this work has accelerated in recent years,” the blog post stated. “Over the last 18 months we’ve reduced views on videos that are later removed for violating our policies by 80 percent, and we’re continuously working to reduce this number further.”