YouTube is the number one video sharing website in the world and more often than not, some videos turn out to be inappropriate for a certain category of users. So, how does Google keep a check on these videos, especially when there are literally thousands of new uploads being made on it every day?
According to a report from the Financial Times last week, there is a special group of ‘super flaggers’ who have special privileges to notify the website about videos which have inappropriate content. The members of this group surf on the website for objectionable content and can flag as much as 20 videos for screening. It is also said that there are Government organizations that are a part of this group.
Seeing this report, WSJ investigated further and have found out more details about this particular ‘super flagger’ group. According to the report published by the website, the role of government organizations in screening is far less than anticipated. In fact, the website claims there are less than 10 government or non-governmental organizations as members in the group of 200. So, it means that they hardly make 5% of the total and the other members are just individuals with special privileges.
These individuals are usually those guys who spend a lot of time flagging videos for content which they think is not appropriate for every user. This makes the task of the company easier i.e. to screen them and to decide what to do with it if found objectionable. Along with these guys, YouTube’s own employees screen such videos every day.
However, the group is not just for name’s sake. Its members have some extra privileges that other regular YouTubers don’t get. For example, it is said that over 90 percent of the videos that are flagged by these members are either deleted or given new age restrictions. This is something that normal users don’t enjoy which indicates that Google considers their views important. Also, not everyone can join this group. According to the company, only individuals and organizations that receive special invitations can be a part of the ‘super flaggers’ group.
“Any suggestion that a government or any other group can use these flagging tools to remove YouTube content themselves is wrong,” a Google spokesman said. So, the members will only have the power to send the videos for screening and the final verdict will be given by the company itself.
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