In our social media, big tech world, anyone can post pretty much anything online, good or bad. Earlier this year, Facebook gave themselves a pat on the back for hiring 3,000 people to monitor content people posted online.
This was after a string of bad press for allowing horrible people to post beatings, rapes, and even murders on their site. Yes, it was a step in the right direction, but ultimately it's not enough because it still happens and Facebook makes billions of dollars every year. They could do more, period.
Google's YouTube is now following suit.
Google to hire 10,000 YouTube moderators
Google has faced similar issues to Facebook, and advertisers are fed up and dropping ads on YouTube because national brands don't want to be placed next to what Google calls "problematic content." Most recently, this "problematic content" (a.k.a. pedophile related content) started popping up in their kid-friendly videos.
Google's solution? Hire 10,000 people to sift through videos and remove the bad stuff. They already use computer algorithms to flag a lot of them, but computers alone can't fix it. So here's the problem with their solution.
The numbers don't add up!
YouTubers, the name given to anyone who uses YouTube to post videos, collectively upload 300 hours of video per MINUTE. That's about 432,000 hours of video posted per day that needs to be screened.
If you take the 10,000 new moderators, assuming they work 40 hours per week, they can only screen 400,000 hours of video per week, in a perfect world. That's 32,000 hours fewer than what YouTubers post in a SINGLE day! Easily put, it's not enough.
YouTube could make $13 billion this year
Alphabet is the parent company of Google and YouTube, last year it brought in over $90 billion. Google is expected to bring in over $70 billion in digital ad sales for 2017 alone. YouTube is rumored to bring in $13 billion this year alone.
Boiling it down, they make a lot of money and they can afford to hire more than 10,000 people to fight their "problematic content" issues.
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