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.
How to stream the 2018 #WorldCup for free with a VPN
Looking for tips on how to stream the World Cup? After 2014’s epic games, fans from around the world are gearing up to see whether team Germany can make magic strike twice. This year’s games feature 32 teams and 64 matches between now and July 15th. If you’re looking for ways to watch, then check out these 2018 World Cup online live streaming tips.
It all starts with VPNs
With more than 190 global broadcasters this year, the World Cup isn’t shy of streaming options. That said, most streams require some sort of subscription or login info in order to stream. If you’re among the millions of people who’ve already cut the cable cord, this can be an issue. Fortunately, you can bypass all the subscription nonsense by using a VPN (virtual private network).
At its core, a VPN acts as a tunnel between your network and all the sites you visit. When you connect to a VPN server, you’re able to hide your real location while assuming another location in a different city or country. It’s an easy way to add another layer of anonymity to your online network, which is one of the main reasons so many privacy experts recommend them.
VPNs are also a great (and simple) way to unblock restricted sites. In fact, they’re extremely common in countries like China where internet access is heavily restricted. For years, expats have been using VPNs to bypass the Great Firewall and unblock sites like Facebook and Google.
How to use a VPN to find live soccer streams
While they can be a great privacy tool, VPNs can also be used to access live sports streams. With streaming options in countries like Britain, Canada, Australia, and more, you can use a VPN to access live HD sports streams in English.
Simply download a reputable VPN app on your laptop or smartphone, connect to wherever you want to stream, head to the correlating website and enjoy free HD streams.
Not sure where to connect to? No problem. ExpressVPN, one of the world’s leading VPN providers, created a great infographic detailing all the streaming options available for this year’s World Cup. With start times in each country’s native time zone, you may want to set your alarm if you want to catch the matches live.
Bonus: What to look for in a VPN
There are a few things to look for in a reputable VPN. First, make sure the VPN provider offers apps for the devices you use. Most subscriptions cover multiple devices, so you can probably download a VPN app for your smartphone, desktop, and laptop under a single plan.
Second, make sure the VPN has servers available in the areas where you want to stream. If you want to stream in the UK, make sure the provider has dedicated servers in the area. And finally, make sure your VPN is encrypted and private. An easy way to check if your VPN is encrypted is to see whether it’s a free or paid service. Free VPNs usually make money by selling user bandwidth and keeping detailed logs. Paid VPNs, on the other hand, are able to host their own servers, which gives them a leg-up in terms of privacy.
Nicki Minaj talks being single for the first time in 15-years as she covers the latest issue of Elle Magazine
Rapper Nicki Minaj is the latest cover star of Elle and she has opened up on her being single for the first time in a while.
According to Nicki, this is the first time she has been single since turning 15.
In her words;
‘As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk, without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me….Becoming single was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful.
‘The fact that I am a young woman who doesn’t need a man for money. I don’t need a man for a job.
‘I’ve never had to f*** for beats. I’ve never had to f*** for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.’
She continued: ‘I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself for whatever reason.’
Model Enyo Gets Featured In The LondonleBlanc Magazine
Ghanaian model Lucy Enyonam Woegah better know as Model Enyo has been running from Grace to Grace.
The beautiful model who has worked with Vodafone Ghana, Stars Energy And Jack And Jill has now gone louder as she gets to be on the LondonleBlanc Magazine.
The CEO and editor-in-chief of the magazine Danielle Craig known as Danni Billion posted on her the magazine’s official page as she captioned;
See photos of model Enyo take the cover of the LondonleBlanc Magazine below!!!
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