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Tech & Science YouTube may review its most popular channels for offensive content

09:51  12 january  2018
09:51  12 january  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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in ensuring that this never happens again, and one of those ways is to go after content creators who might have similar offensive content that might have escaped their attention. The report claims that YouTube is looking to review its popular channels for potentially offensive content .

A series of scandals have led many to call for YouTube to vet its videos. Now, following the uproar over Logan Paul's Aokigahara forest video, YouTube may begin vetting the videos posted by its most popular channels , according to Bloomberg.

a woman talking on a cell phone © Provided by Engadget It became pretty clear last year that YouTube has a content problem. Last spring, companies like AT&T and Verizon pulled ads because they were found to be appearing alongside extremist videos. And it was hit with another round of ad-pulling later in the year when reports surfaced that a portion of the site's children's content turned out to be not so kid-friendly. Now, following the uproar over Logan Paul's Aokigahara forest video, YouTube may begin vetting the videos posted by its most popular channels, according to Bloomberg.

Paul's channel was one of YouTube's Google Preferred accounts -- a group of top-tier, highly viewed channels that Google sells ad space on at a higher rate. YouTube pulled Paul's Preferred status yesterday as part of its response to his video, but for content creators that still have that status, those Preferred accounts will now reportedly be vetted in order to make sure their content is appropriate for the brands buying ad space on the videos.

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But far more tuned in on Twitch, which officially announced on Tuesday that it would be the only broadcaster (besides Blizzard itself) streaming the first two years of OWL. A series of scandals have led many to call for YouTube to vet its videos.

The most popular channels featured music, and entertainment content . Last month, we noted the recent concern in the video industry surrounding inappropriate or disturbing content which can be found in some children’s programming on YouTube and its corresponding YouTube Kids app.

According to Bloomberg's source, Google will use both human moderators and AI to spot videos that may not be appropriate for ads. In a statement to Bloomberg, a Google spokesperson said, "We built Google Preferred to help our customers easily reach YouTube's most passionate audiences and we've seen strong traction in the last year with a record number of brands. As we said recently, we are discussing and seeking feedback from our brand partners on ways to offer them even more assurances for what they buy in the Upfronts."

YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners .
YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. Creators part of Preferred get more per click than their counterparts and have bigger earning potential. The program was recently thrust into the spotlight when it booted popular YouTuber Paul Logan from its roster. Logan was slammed for posting a video showing him and his friends laughing and making jokes upon coming across a body in Aokigahara, Japan's "suicide forest," and claiming that his video was meant to raise mental health awareness.

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