Google to hire thousands of YouTube moderators as criticism over content mounts

Google to hire thousands of YouTube moderators as criticism over content mounts

The video site and parent company have been criticised over the spread of offensive content

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Google is to hire thousands of moderators after a widespread backlash over offensive content being posted on YouTube.

The company – which owns the video network site – said on Monday that more than 10,000 content reviewers are to be added to the company’s workforce.

YouTube has weathered a constant stream of negative press in 2017 for the role it has unwittingly played in the spread of misinformation, hate speech, and other content which could be harmful to children.

The site’s CEO, Susan Wojcicki, also made clear YouTube was developing advanced technology which would automatically flag content up for removal.

The New York Times claimed some parents discovered in November violent content was slipping past the YouTube Kids filter, which led to heightened scrutiny on the service.

Back in March, a number of companies pulled their ads from the site after learning they had been linked to videos with extremist content and hate speech.