YouTube, a subsidiary of Google is a free video sharing website. Did you know that there are over 6 billion YouTube viewers every day and over 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? Yes, YouTube is a virtual public platform which allows its users to use their Freedom of Speech and expression- Good or Bad!
YouTube contains user-generated content and anyone and everyone can watch all the content available in it. But these days it has become something like Tragedy of commons- A public place which anyone can use and at one point that place becomes a trash. Virtual talent square is getting overrun.
Extremists and terrorists post violent and profane videos on YouTube. This is affecting YouTube’s relations with its advertising partners. Many of its advertisers have been pulling away from the platform after seeing their advertisements alongside violent videos. After a series of controversies this year concerning videos available on its platform, YouTube has applied strict screening measures to curb irrelevant and violent content.
CNN reports recent news about YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki who said in a blog post that "Some bad actors are exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm." She also said that YouTube's trust and safety teams have reviewed nearly 2 million videos for violent extremist content over the past six months. She said “By 2018, Google aims to have more than 10,000 people working to address content that might violate our policies," "We are also taking aggressive action on comments, launching new comment moderation tools and in some cases shutting down comments altogether."
Companies like Twitter and Facebook also have been working to decide what to allow on their platforms. YouTube says it uses a combination of video titles, descriptions, metadata and community guideline reviews to filter out potential mature content. Its machine learning algorithms have helped remove more than 150,000 videos from YouTube since June that depict violent extremism.
The question is, is google the one who gets to decide what everybody has to watch? What happens when people get kicked out?
There are consequences for not only what we see online, but also what we don’t see.
YouTubers, beware! Google is now watching everything you do!