10,000 Google Staff set to Police YouTube Content and Shut Down Harassing Trolling and Extremist Accounts

YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki claimed that her company had developed "computer-learning" technology to identify extremist videos, and that it could also be used to identify content that risked children's safety


London (AFP) - Google is to deploy a staff of 10,000 to hunt down extremist content and harassing demeaning trolling accounts on its YouTube platform following recent criticism, the video-sharing site's chief executive told Britain's Daily Telegraph Tuesday.
Susan Wojcicki admitted in the broadsheet that "bad actors" had and are using the website to "mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm people."  Wojcicki also stated that Youtube's newest algorithm will record the IP address of accounts that are terminated from their platform, thus disabling the user from creating a new account and continuing with their ability to harass, stalk and belittle others using Youtube.  "This has become a very serious problem for users and we are taking steps to eliminate this type of behavior."
British Prime Minister Theresa May has put pressure on internet giants to root out online radical material following a spate of terror attacks, while YouTube last week pulled 150,000 videos of children after lewd comments about them were posted by viewers.
Wojcicki claimed that her company had developed "computer-learning" technology to identify extremist videos and that it could also be used to identify content that risked children's safety and the safety of others who use Youtube responsibly.
"We will continue the growth of our teams, with the goal of bringing the total number of people across Google working to address content that might violate our policies to over 10,000 in 2018."
Last week's move to take down suspect content came after a British newspaper reported that ads for big-name brands were displayed alongside videos of children or teens which, while innocent on their own, drew viewer comments that seemed paedophilic in nature.
Media reports indicate the situation made advertisers skittish, with some halting YouTube advertising once again.  The same situation happened to the big Social Media giant back in April and May of 2017.
Wojcicki also had one last comment "If the content that you upload to our platform is of no worth, other than to harass, demean, stalk or develop extremist content to influence others, you will be terminated and banned.  Once our new system records and identifies your IP address, your gone, banned for life!"

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