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Google Hiring 10,000 Employees to Remove Offensive Videos on YouTube

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The internet can be a terrifying place for children, and recently, a spotlight has been shed on the content within YouTube that’s clearly aimed at young viewers but shows appallingly graphic content. The Independent reports that many of these videos look like they’re going to be about popular children’s show characters, but once the video starts playing, it shows the characters committing violent acts that would make many adults shudder.

In fact, the spreading of extremist videos and very graphic content that violates YouTube’s rules has been increasing, and the alarming clips have caused several companies to pull advertising from YouTube. In order to combat the onslaught of negative content, Google is planning to hire around 10,000 employees to monitor and review videos on the site. “We are also taking aggressive action on comments, launching new comment moderation tools and in some cases shutting down comments altogether,” CNN Money quotes YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki.

Additionally, YouTube will continue to use their new algorithms that have been finding violent extremism content and removing it. This technology found and deleted “…150,000 videos from YouTube since June that depict violent extremism. Wojcicki said 180,000 people would have had to work 40 weeks to assess the same amount of content,” CNN Money writes. Google hopes the human and computer searches will cut down greatly on the unwanted videos.