Friday, January 30, 2015

YouTube gets more pressure in Europe to prescreen videos, which is like prescreening phone calls (except in one respect)

Alyssa Newcomb has a disturbing AP report on ABCNews today about YouTube, “The tremendous job of policy content”, link here. About 300 videos are uploaded a minute worldwide.  The company depends mostly on users flagging content as inappropriate.  But the company can respond to marked content 24x7.
Screening every video would be like screening every phone call, with the difference that phonecalls are not broadcast, but most videos are public, listed and searchable.
Yet European governments especially seem to be putting more pressure on YouTube to do more to prescreen videos for violence or extremism as well as for copyright (some of that processing can be automated).   

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