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YouTube Employing Extra Staff to Tackle al-Qaeda Hate Videos

03/25/2011 Leave a comment

By Emma Barnett, Digital Media Editor in San Francisco, “YouTube, the video- sharing site owned by Google, is employing additional people to help review content before and after it goes live, following a spate of al-Qaeda videos which it was forced to take down.

Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, said that the company was ‘adding people to do reviews of videos’ as it is very hard algorithmically to monitor inappropriate comment. Talking to a small group of journalists at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, he went further and said that it was “impossible” to monitor 100 per cent of the content the site receives, which is why YouTube has to rely upon a mixture of algorithm-driven detection and its community to report inappropriate content.

The question whether YouTube needs to be more proactively edit the video-sharing site, to which 35 hours of content are uploaded to per minute, has come to the fore following the removal of several al-Qaeda videos which promoted violence.”  Read more.

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