Bad news for YouTube: In the last quarter, users have uploaded millions of offensive videos on the world's largest video site.
Good news for YouTube: In the last quarter, the site captured millions of offensive videos before anyone saw them. 19659003] The news that YouTube wants to draw your attention to (and investors and advertisers): It successfully trains computers to tag offensive videos, because that's the only way it can filter out the bad pages from the huge amount of clips
All of this comes from a brief explanation in Google Sundar Pichais script lines during today's parent company alphabet conference call. He said that YouTube had downloaded more than six million videos in the last quarter of 201
Context: YouTube has responded to complaints about problematic (or worse) videos on the site over the past year. Sometimes it has argued that offensive videos – or at least offensive videos running alongside advertisements – are a "small, small" problem; Another time, it says, it takes it so seriously that this year there will be more than 10,000 people working on the problem.
But as Facebook, Google, and YouTube believe, company size will ultimately rely on computers and artificial intelligence to solve its content problem. Therefore, Pichai's earnings commentary calls for comments that are (obviously) encouraging.
The half-empty argument would be something like this: The massive scaling of YouTube, combined with the platform's philosophy, lets users load what they want, check it on demand – means it'll never be able to complete problematic clips completely to treat.
Another way to say it: YouTube says it caught about 4.5 million bad videos before anyone saw them. But some of its billions of users saw another 1.5 million clips – in just three months – that eventually had to be removed from the site. And even if most of these clips generate few calls, each of them has the potential to upset a user or an advertiser – or a government official who believes the site needs more oversight.