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Vanishing YouTube videos: Google expects AI errors as coronavirus empties offices

By Paresh Dave

YouTube could see a jump in videos erroneously taken down for content policy violations as the company relies more on automated software during the coronavirus pandemic, Alphabet Inc's Google warned on Monday.

Google said in a blog post that to reduce the need for people to come into its offices, YouTube and other business divisions are temporarily relying more on artificial intelligence and automated tools to identify problematic content. Such software is not always as accurate as humans, which lead to errors, the company said.

And "turnaround times for appeals against these decisions may be slower," the blog post added.

Twitter Inc on Monday said it too would be increasing usage of similar automation, but that it would not ban any users based solely on automated enforcement because of accuracy concerns.

Facebook Inc did not respond to requests for comment on Monday. It drew public criticism last week for asking policy enforcers to continue coming to work because it lacks secure technology for moderation to be conducted remotely.

The trio of Silicon Valley internet services giants, like many companies across the world, have asked employees and contractors to work from home if possible, aiming to slow the spread of coronavirus. Mass gatherings such as sports, cultural and religious events have been canceled globally to combat the fast-spreading respiratory disease.

Google said human review of automated policy decisions also would be slower for other products and indicated that phone support would be limited.

Content rules cover submissions such as ad campaigns running on the Google ad network, apps uploaded to the Google Play store and business reviews posted to Google Maps.

"Some users, advertisers, developers and publishers may experience delays in some support response times for non-critical services, which will now be supported primarily through our chat, email, and self-service channels," Google said.

Google's content review operations span several countries, including the United States, India, Singapore and Ireland.

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A.I. F.A.I.L.

They put the 'AI" in F'AI'L.

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Another excuse for more Tube censorship.

Luckily, there are alternatives, but only Tube/Google has the advertising money, so alas many people depend on it.

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Isn't it the same with Twitter and FaceBook?

I have my own video channel but sometimes I get these copyright claims against me. A company in Spain claimed copyright on one of my video's and YouTube suspended it. Three strikes and you are out.

I actually emailed the Spanish company who claimed it was an error and informed YouTube. They wanted to earn money off my work.

YouTube restored my video.

Anyone can claim copyright without any proof.

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