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Experts say YouTube hasn't done enough to clean up hate content: simple numbers don't reflect the whole picture.

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2019/9/5 12:00:38     readed:644

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In a study of more than 60 right-wing YouTube creators, it found that the platform still had the problem of "motivating extreme and shocking content creators". Rebecca Lewis, a social data researcher, said:

YouTube gave us the relevant figures, but did not disclose the story behind them. The number of hate speech on the YouTube platform has been growing, driven by their real interests.

Lewis said the data lack the background needed to assess their work because hate speech on YouTube is not necessarily linked to simple numbers.

Her study found that visitors were most likely to see hate speech on a prominent, high-profile channel, rather than from a random YouTube account with few fans.

In a report last fall, Lewis commented that, no matter how powerful YouTube's system is, the platform is essentially trying to monetize everyone's influence.

YouTube and its parent company allow racism, hate women and harass content, and in many cases can continue to rely on the platform for advertising revenue as long as the video content does not contain explicit slander.

In response, a YouTube spokesman said: The new policy of identifying and auditing illegal content has led to a substantial increase in deletions. The platform began to crack down on so-called "edgeball" content and misinformation in January, and changed its regulatory policy on anti-hatred, extreme and conspiracy content in June.

The new policy will take into account age, gender, race (caste), religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. It will also prohibit the beautification of certain negative ideologies or the advocacy of large-scale violence videos.

The big change in the new policy was not felt in the second quarter because YouTube relies on the automatic marking system, which takes months to adapt.

In the future, manual auditors will strive to train YouTube's automated reporting system in order to clean up newly released violations as soon as possible. Of course, after being marked by the automatic system, there is still a certain degree of manual verification.

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