YouTube removed 5.6 million (56 lakh) videos from its platform during the months of July and September 2022 for violating their community guidelines.
The platform received approximately 2,71,000 removal calls over the two months. Upon review, it restored around 29,000 calls, YouTube said in its latest blog post.
From July to September this year, for every 10,000 views, between 10 and 11 were content that violated community guidelines, YouTube said in the blog post co-authored by Matt Halprin, vice president, global head of trust and of Security and Jennifer Flannery O’ Connor, Vice President, Product Management, YouTube.
YouTube also tracks the number of appeals submitted by creators in response to deleted videos, as this helps to better understand the accuracy of its systems.
Community guidelines relate to language and expression.
According to the blog, as the global video-sharing platform strives to evolve its policies with the current landscape, the focus is on one major goal: preventing egregious harm in the real world.
According to the blog, preventing egregious harm in the real world, however, does not mean it would remove offensive content from YouTube, as it generally believes that “open debate and free speech” lead to better societal outcomes.
“But we are careful to draw a line around content that may cause egregious harm to our users or the platform,” the blog post says.
Youtube said it is also working closely with relevant NGOs, academics and experts from all sides and different countries to inform this policy review.
“We watch dozens, if not hundreds of videos to understand the implications of drawing different policy lines. Drawing a policy line is never about one video alone; it is about thinking about the impact on all videos, which would be removed and which may remain under the new guideline. Following this comprehensive review, the team is sharing various options for policy lines, making sure to detail examples of videos that would be removed or approved for each (as well as different measures application, such as removal or age restriction),” he added.