Google removed over 11 million videos from YouTube between April and June 2020: a figure never so high, made possible by the use of automated systems that in the period under consideration were called to extra work to partially replace the control reduced due to the pandemic.
The analysis of the Transparency report published by Google underlines how the use of a much stricter moderation and more attentive to content policies has in fact increased the number of removals compared to the same quarter last year. Since the majority of the videos were verified through machine learning, the process was even faster, not having to rely on an objective evaluation of the video by the staff. The result was then processed into a graph showing the percentage of videos removed based on the hacked content.
The most striking data is certainly the impact of artificial intelligence on the removal of certain types of content: YouTube has revealed how the use of technology for the analysis of videos on minors or on violence has recorded more than three times the number of removals than usual.
The videos removed by Google on YouTube come particularly from the United States and India (2 million and 1.4 million respectively), followed by Brazil, Indonesia and Russia. Italy is 30th and closes the ranking shared by Big G, with 71,386 videos removed. The data on the canceled comments is also interesting: between April and June 2020 more than 2 billion were removed, much more than the 700 million in the first quarter and the 540 million in October-December 2019. Again, most of the work was carried out by the machine, responsible for removing 99.2% of comments.