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YouTube reveals it removed 8.3m videos from site in three months

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YouTube says it removed 8.3m videos for breaching its community guidelines between October and December last year as it tries to address criticism of violent and offensive content on its site.

The company’s first quarterly moderation report has been published amid growing complaints about its perceived inability to tackle extremist and abusive content.

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is one of several internet companies under pressure from national governments and the EU to remove such videos.

It said the report was an important first step in dealing with the problem and would “help show the progress we’re making in removing violative content from our platform”.

In a blog post, YouTube said it removed more than 8m videos between October and December 2017. “The majority of these 8m videos were spam or people attempting to upload adult content and represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s total views during this time period,” the post said.

YouTube said 6.7m was first flagged for review by machines rather than humans; of those, 76% were removed before they received a single view.

YouTube has also been criticised for content it allows. Days after the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in the US in February, videos were promoted that claimed the survivors were “crisis actors” implanted to build fake opposition to guns.

One clip briefly became the number one trending video on the site before it was removed for violating policies on harassment and bullying. YouTube’s community guidelines do not specifically ban misinformation or hoaxes, although the company has announced plans to link to Wikipedia pages for the most obvious conspiracy theories.

Google has promised to have more than 10,000 people working on enforcing its community guidelines by the end of 2018, up from “thousands” doing the job last year. They will be largely, but not entirely, human reviewers working on YouTube. It will also include engineers working on systems such as spam detection, machine learning, and video hashing.

The current removal process requires suspect content to be initially flagged before it is watched to see if it breaches community guidelines before a decision is made on its removal.

The vast majority of videos taken down – more than 80% – were flagged as suspect by one of Google’s automatic systems, the company said, rather than an individual.

Those systems broadly work in one of three ways: some use an algorithm to fingerprint inappropriate footage, and then match it to future uploads; others track suspicious patterns of uploads, which is particularly useful for spam detection.

The third set of systems use the company’s machine learning technology to identify videos that breach guidelines based on their similarity to previous videos. The machine learning system used to identify violent extremist content, for instance, was trained on 2 million hand-reviewed videos.

YouTube said that automatic flagging helped the company achieve a goal of removing more videos earlier in their lifespan.

While machine learning catches many videos, YouTube still lets individuals flag videos. Members of the public can mark any video as breaching community guidelines. There is also a group of individuals and 150 organizations who are “trusted flaggers” – experts in various areas of contested content who are given special tools to highlight problematic videos.

Regular users flag 95% of the videos that aren’t caught by the automatic detection, while trusted flaggers provide the other 5%. But the success rates are reversed, with reports from trusted flaggers leading to 14% of the removals on the site, and regular users just 5%.

Human flaggers also spot a very different breakdown of videos to those reported by machines: more than half the reports from humans were for either spam or sexually explicit content.

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YouTube Has Certified Stonebwoy’s Epistle Of Mama Album For Clocking 10million Streams In Addition To 100k Subscribers

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YouTube, LLC an American video-sharing website has certified Stonebwoy’s Epistle Of Mama album two-phase; reggae & afrobeats album for clocking over 10 million-plus streams in addition to 100k subscribers on YouTube based on the company’s statistics. The endorsement came with a citation from the company.

This to me is one of the greatest achievement in the life of a reggae/dancehall artist in Ghana looking at how far the journey has been but worth traveling. It’s an eye-opener to every reggae/dancehall artists and all artists in general drawing attention to the fact that, there is a market for every music genre. The only thing is, it depends on what you’re promoting.

If we water down the whole endorsement thing from YouTube, one will be forced to ask, what will influence these unbelievable number of people jamming to an album is with so much enthusiasm? It all boils down to promoting good content, alluring storylines, explore sounds, be original, staying relevant as possible and learning more about the music business.

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When I See Women That Are Mothers I Am Always Inspired : Tiwa Savage Chats With British Vogue | WATCH

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Tiwa Savage chats with British Vogue and speaks about motherhood and how it inspires her.

In partnership with MCM Worldwide, British Vogue chats with Nigeria’s very own.

Talented singer Tiwa Savage, describing her as “the woman at the forefront of the Afrobeats explosion, and whose hybrid musical sound is going global”.

In the video, Tiwa shares the first record she ever bought, how she feels seeing women who are working mothers.

She adds, “In everything I do – whether it’s using my native language, or an African beat – something is going to let you know that I’m an African woman.”

Watch below.

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I Had To Move On : GMB 2011 Winner Akua Speaks After Divorce With Angel Group Millionaire

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The fourth wife of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Angel Group of Companies, Sally Akua Amoakowaa Mensah is consoling herself with wise sayings after announcing her divorce to the businessman earlier this week.

The 2011 winner of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful beauty pageant and General Manager of Angel TV announced that her marriage to Dr. Kwaku Oteng was over as reported by us.

According to her, it was as a result of a stressful situation she found herself and therefore called it quits by posting on her Instagram page only to delete it an hour later by which time it had already gone viral.

Sometimes you just have to learn how to walk away. When it’s not making you happy and it’s rather stressing you take a bow. My marriage of eight years is over.

I won’t give anyone the right to take away my happiness. I’m walking from everything that is stressing me”, she stated in the said post.

She has since refused to confirm or deny her own post but appear to be consoling herself with new posts with the latest which reads” Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Sally in a recent interview professed her unflinching love for the man stating that that love is the major factor in her marriage.

She added that Dr. Oteng is one humble human being that any individual would want to hang out with so it was easy for her to say yes when he proposed marriage.

The mother of two revealed that she gave birth before marrying the Millionaire so there was no iota of truth in the hearsay that her spouse was pushed to marry her due to the pregnancy.

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