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YouTube removed 7.8M videos, 224M comments in Q3 2018 that voided policies

14 December 2018 4

Popular video streaming website YouTube continues to roll out new features and improvements to the platform to make it a better place for watching videos in addition to engaging with the community built around the creators. YouTube previously rolled out back in April sharing the company’s commitment to transparency on the platform. The report named ‘YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report’ shared statistics about the comments, channel removed and the very reason why a video or a channel was reported in a particular case.


YouTube removed about 7.8 million videos from July to September where 81 percent of this curated content for removal was found out by machines. Majority of these videos, about 74.5 percent were not even viewed once when YouTube bots removed it and applied a strike on the respective channel. Likewise, YouTube also removes channels that continue to violate community guidelines.

Majority of such channels that get removed (90 percent of channels and 80 percent of videos) are those that violate spam or adult related policies that YouTube has laid forth. YouTube takes into consideration the findings of such machine algorithms or bots in addition to community flagging a particular content for a reason which then gets reviewed. Likewise, YouTube has also implemented automated filters and tools for comment moderation that creators could use to moderate comments on their videos.

While the comments removed that is 224 million, seems to be a huge figure, though it’s a small percentage compared to the total comments that the platform gets in the same time span which is in billions.


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