YouTube has come under criticism in the past for not be quick enough to remove objectionable videos from its platform. This is something the company has been working to fix.
The company has now revealed that it removed 8 million videos from its site in the last quarter of 2017. These videos were removed between October and December of last year.
YouTube also announced that 6.7 million of these videos were flagged by machines instead of people. Of those 6.7 million videos, the company managed to remove 76% of them before they were viewed.
We are taking an important first step by releasing a quarterly report on how we’re enforcing our Community Guidelines. This regular update will help show the progress we’re making in removing violative content from our platform. By the end of the year, we plan to refine our reporting systems and add additional data, including data on comments, speed of removal, and policy removal reasons.
It looks like a step in the right direction and it will be interesting to see if YouTube can increase the amount of these videos that are removed in the next quarter.