Saturday, September 25

YouTube Deleted 1 Million Fake COVID-19 Data Videos | Digital Trends Spanish

YouTube says it is taking important action against fake news. In a post on his blog, the video search engine assured that since last year to date, 1 million disinformation videos about COVID-19 have been removed.

The company also says that, specifically in relation to the coronavirus, they rely on various health organizations to be aware of the most current developments regarding an issue. The problem is that many times videos with disinformation are not so easy to detect and, according to YouTube, it is not so good that it is technology companies that set the limits on false information.

An important detail for YouTube is that, in addition to eliminating millions of videos (10 million in each quarter, they say), this sweep is done quickly and before the misinformation spreads too much. According to the platform, the vast majority of deleted videos do not have 10 views before disappearing.

The author of the article on YouTube, Neal Mohan – YouTube Product Manager-, also says that questionable content is not really beneficial for YouTube in monetary terms and for the same reason, it is not that the company gets too much profit from it, unlike of what does happen with content of another type such as music or humor.

However, Mohan also believes that it is not reaching and removing content from the platform because it runs the risk of sending the message that “controversial ideas are unacceptable” and that, in that sense, it is better to have an open debate. And this is something YouTube is particularly interested in maintaining.

Disinformation about COVID-19 on social media platforms has been in the limelight in recent times, since Facebook recognized that the post The most viewed of the social network was precisely one of false news about the disease.

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