YouTube experimenting with new algorithm to remove "borderline content"

YouTube experimenting with new algorithm to remove "borderline content"

YouTube is trialing a new algorithm designed to reduce the spread of harmful content in the UK.

The platform, owned by Google, has been using this algorithm in the US for the past six months, where it is said to have resulted in a 50 per cent drop in recommended "borderline content".

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said in a statement that clips involving content "claiming the earth is flat" and "making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11" are examples that should cease to be recommended with the new algorithm.

According to Wojcicki, users won't be exposed to "problematic" videos that "brush right up against our policy line", where as a result "quality content has more of a chance to shine".

The algorithm is to be tested in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and other English-language markets.


Moving forward Wojcicki YouTube will work improve how it removes content that violates policies, provide a better platform for authoritative voices when people are looking for breaking news and information and will reward trusted, eligible creators with better monetisation.

"I believe that hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society, even if we disagree with some of those views," said said.

"A responsible approach toward managing what's on our platform protects our users and creators like you. It also means we can continue to foster all the good that comes from an open platform."

YouTube recently closed 210 accounts for a "coordinated" attempt on the Hong Kong protests.

Despite Wojcicki's claims for openness, using the word 11 times in the blog post, Google has not shared further details on the material it removed, explaining why or what the content was.

Google said in their statement that it echos the observations found by Facebook and Twitter, though did not explicitly mention the correlation between China and the 210 accounts removed.

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