After Implementing the Hateful Content policies, YouTube has removed 100,000 videos and 17,000 Channels

In June, YouTube introduced changes in the policies of hateful content, and till date, the company has removed almost 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels.

YouTube, in a blog post, talked about the increasing number of hateful videos on the platform. It also mentioned that the videos and channels recently removed are five times more than what the platform deleted in last quarter.

Also, more than 500 million hateful and dangerous comments have been removed so far. The videos, channels, and comments were old and were removed after the implementation of the policies.

YouTube mainly uses machine learning to detect hateful videos when they are uploaded. According to the blog post, in the second quarter, 80% of the auto-flagged videos were deleted without any view on them.

YouTube said the company has been removing hateful comment since the beginning, but in the past few months, the platform has been investing highly in it. In the last 18 months, videos with hateful content have received fewer views and were then shortly deleted afterward. The platform is working to lower the number of offensive content.

In a minute, more than five hundred hours of video are uploaded on the platform. According to an analytic firm, Social Blade, there were almost 23 million YouTube channels in 2018. Around two billion users log into YouTube every month.

YouTube describes in a blog about how long the company has been trying to fight off hateful content and activities and have been fighting against it. A timeline was also introduced that showed how YouTube, along with its team, has been trying to deal with harmful, hateful, and dangerous content.


This all started back in 2016 when a journalist found disturbing videos that were targeting children. Since the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, YouTube has been facing several controversies regarding the hateful speech and others.

In early 2017, one of the journalists pointed out that terrorists are now becoming popular on the platform. Since then, Google has received backlash on letting harmful content to be available on the platform.

YouTube, to make it is working easier is now introducing Intelligence Desk that shows what people are viewing most. The desk was launched in 2018, when Logan Paul, a vlogger posted a video of a dead man. It has millions of views before the platform removed it. The team checks the news, social media, and gets a report from users to keep an eye on the inappropriate trending content.



YouTube is working further to limit the reach of videos that violate the policies of the platform. Policies may also be updated if required. Currently, the team is working on developing anti-harassment policies, especially following creator on creator harassment.

YouTube has just taken the first step only. However, it will take action on other three things as well in the coming months that include; decreasing the spread of content, raising voices that are authoritative and giving ad privileges to creators with positive content.



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