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YouTube removed 7.85 mn videos last quarter

74.5 per cent of the videos were removed before any views

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MUMBAI: According to Google’s YouTube community guidelines enforcement report, YouTube removed 7.85 million videos and 1.67 million channels in its last quarter.

The report wrote, “At YouTube, we work hard to maintain a safe and vibrant community. We have community guidelines that set the rules of the road for what we don’t allow on YouTube. For example, we do not allow pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech.”

In the past year, YouTube faced increased criticism for pushing users towards content which would be misleading and would violate its policies on spam. In order to deal with that, the video sharing website removed videos and channels which violated the policies of the company.

YouTube explained that it will delete a channel if it receives three strikes in 90 days or if it has a single case of severe abuse like “pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech, or violating guidelines (as is often the case with spam accounts).” When a channel is terminated, all of its videos are removed, the report added.

79.6 per cent of the channels removed were spam, misleading and scams, 12.6 per cent channels because of adult sexual content. “The majority of channel terminations are a result of accounts being dedicated to spam or adult sexual content in violation of our guidelines,” said the report.

Overall, 74.5 per cent of the videos were removed before any views and the other 25.5 per cent of the videos on the platform were removed after views. In this the majority 72.2 per cent of the videos were removed because they were spam, misleading and scams.

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