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06 December 2017, 12:21 | Kenneth Drake
YouTube boss pledges to step up war on violent extremism with 10000-strong internet police force
Wojckicki has also mentioned that they will take a new approach to advertising on YouTube. Subsequent revelations that YouTube was offering up cartoons featuring what the BBC called "animated violence and graphic toilet humor" added fuel to the controversy.
"I've seen how some bad actors are exploiting our openness to mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm", she wrote in a blog post. It was not immediately clear whether those would be contract workers or actual Googlers.
It was forced to adopt additional screening measures last month on its kid-friendly platform, YouTube Kids, after reports showed numerous videos there contained profanity and violence.
Last month, the BBC and The Times found paedophiles were posting indecent comments on videos of youngsters, evading discovery through flaws in YouTube's reporting system. Wojcicki said in a statement that, "Human reviewers remain essential to both removing content and training machine learning systems because human judgment is critical to making contextualized decisions on content".
As the YouTube CEO explained, the company will continue to bolster its staff, which will be tasked with monitoring the video content and expanding "the network of academics, industry groups and subject matter experts" who can help YouTube "better understand emerging issues".
"We are also taking aggressive action on comments, launching new comment moderation tools and in some cases shutting down comments altogether", she said. Since June, Wojcicki says, YouTube's teams have manually reviewed almost 2 million videos for violent extremist content - with more than 150,000 videos ultimately being taken down during this time. It's unclear how many people are already part of YouTube's review team. Wojcicki said human reviewers are still necessary in the company's attempt to fix its child exploitation problem.
Wojcicki said 180,000 people would have had to work 40 weeks to assess the same amount of content.
According to Wojcicki, YouTube spent past year "testing new systems to combat emerging and evolving threats" and invested in "powerful new machine learning technology", and is now ready to employ this expertise to tackle "problematic content".
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