Monday 23 July 2018

Google won't reveal number of staff tackling harmful videos on YouTube

Google has refused to provide a breakdown of the number of staff it has moderating its video-sharing site YouTube. Stock photo: Bloomberg via Getty
Google has refused to provide a breakdown of the number of staff it has moderating its video-sharing site YouTube. Stock photo: Bloomberg via Getty

Ryan Nugent

Google has refused to provide a breakdown of the number of staff it has moderating its video-sharing site YouTube after it was revealed it would be hiring more workers to combat offensive content.

It is understood that the web giant has set a target of 10,000 staff across a range of sectors to review potentially harmful content.

This will include policy specialists, lawyers and engineers, and development of technology.

YouTube has come under criticism in recent weeks over failings to moderate comments and videos aimed at children which has left them open to predators.

The web giant is also bringing in the measures to protect against violent or extremist content.

Manipulate

In a blog post, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said: "I've seen how some bad actors are exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm."

However, Google would not reveal the number of moderators it currently has in place.

Leading cyber-psychologist Dr Mary Aiken told the Irish Independent that Google must provide full transparency on its moderation.

Dr Aiken said it was important to know how much content was being moderated. She said that "machine intelligence solutions are required for a problem of this scale" and suggested that young people should stay off the site until moderation technologies can keep up with the YouTube model.

Irish Independent

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