YouTube has been trying to push disturbing content off the platform. The company has implemented AI algorithms and human support for the same. But while machines can look at this content all day, it might be more disturbing for humans. As a result, the company is limiting the number of hours that its part time content moderators will spend watching such content. The announcement was made by Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, today.
“This is a real issue and I myself have spent a lot of time looking at this content over the past year. It is really hard,” Wojcicki said. It’s unclear whether this will affect the company’s capability to effectively moderate obscene or disturbing content on the platform. While companies are not held accountable for hosting disturbing content, they are legally required to remove them proactively.
For YouTube, the company uses the Content ID method to monitor and remove such content. That includes content that is disturbing in nature, along with those that violate copyright norms.