YouTube’s teams have removed more than 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels since the company implemented changes to its hateful content policies in June.
Those numbers are approximately five times as many than the company’s last quarter, according to a new blog post from YouTube about the company’s attempts to tackle a growing number of hateful and dangerous videos on the platform, The Verge reports.
This also includes doubling the removal of comments (more than 500 million) that were found to be hateful. Some of these channels, videos, and comments are old and were terminated following the policy change, according to the blog post. This could account for the spike in removal numbers.
YouTube relies mostly on machine learning tools to help catch hateful videos before they’re widely available online. Approximately “80 percent of the auto-flagged videos were removed before they receive a single view in the second quarter of 2019,” the blog post reads.
“We’ve been removing harmful content since YouTube was started, but our investment in this work has accelerated in recent years,” the blog post reads.
“Over the last 18 months we’ve reduced views on videos that are later removed for violating our policies by 80 percent, and we’re continuously working to reduce this number further.”
More than five hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every single minute. There were more than 23 million YouTube channels in 2018, according to analytics firm, Social Blade.
YouTube also has nearly two billion monthly logged in users. Gross numbers and a few percentage points without the additional context doesn’t paint a clear picture of how much of the problem YouTube is able to tackle right now.
The blog post does demonstrate how long YouTube’s policy and product teams have tried to fight hateful activity.
A new timeline produced by YouTube, seen below, shows various efforts YouTube’s teams have taken to try and combat harmful, hateful, and disturbing content. It goes back to November 2016, when disturbing videos targeted toward children were found by journalists.