Why is YouTube Erasing History? | NYT Opinion

By | December 10, 2019

Why is YouTube Erasing History? | NYT Opinion
Why is YouTube Erasing History? | NYT Opinion
April 12th, 2017 on the city of Cathedral City locational, is captured, evidence to YouTube. It’S Gone profound loss of memory and evidence videos documenting human rights violations in Syria, 3500 of chemical attacks by the Syrian government proofing their illegal actions, but to use this video. evidence of crimes against humanity and war crimes. 58 countries urge the United Nations to refer these war crimes to the international criminal court, with 1.5 million videos over the years. Batanes the problem, videos from YouTube taking down, but the truth is all these days in history that could be used to prosecute work times. So I’m pleading for YouTube and other companies to stop. I started noticing thousands of videos removed from YouTube in 2017, so I reach out to the AKA organization, witness to understand, what’s happening kind of like the referee of the internet, calling what’s in and out of bounds and removing inappropriate posts, YouTube binge, and I see a Video with c********* in it I report it to YouTube. That’S called flagging. The video then get sent to content moderator. His job is to review flag videos and they then decide whether to leave it up or remove it from the platform. Will it got complicated in 2017 that year YouTube started relying much more on machine learning technology to flag content amount of people that we can hire will be enough to review all of the content. We now have ai systems that can identify and take down. 99 % of the Al Qaeda and Isis related content in our system before someone human, even flags at us – and we need to do more of that now. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter get a huge amount of content uploaded to their sides. Every day, YouTube gets 300 hours uploaded per minute. These companies are under a ton of pressure from governments to quickly get rid of the harmful stuff, but it’s become a double-edged. An essential human rights content is getting caught in the net. The bottom line is computers may be good at detecting violence, but there’s is not as new ones as humans, they’re, not as good at figuring out whether a video is Isis propaganda or vital human rights documentation. It’S not just City experiencing this Vanishing pieces of proof. Human rights activist in Sudan, Yemen and burner are facing the same crisis, so this is my proposal to avoid losing more evidence. I am greater than 8 to make sure they understand the context of the content and feed them. Well, because there’s your busy and important taking takedowns and have the power to reverse decisions made by content moderators when I think of the future of my country, I think about the importance of memory, location,
Under pressure to remove “extremist content,” platforms are purging vital human rights evidence.

In war zones, evidence captured on smartphones can provide a path to justice — but platforms like YouTube and Facebook are getting in the way. In the Video Op-Ed above, the Syrian activist and archivist Hadi Al Khatib urges platforms to overhaul and improve their content moderation systems. He fears that automated removal, which in 2017 deleted 10 percent of the archive documenting violence in Syria, risks erasing critical history.

As Dia Kayyali explains, there is no clear-cut answer for YouTube and Facebook, which deal with tens of thousands of minutes of video uploaded every second. These platforms have come under intense pressure to police extremist content and have been criticized as acting too slowly when killers live-stream mass shootings. Algorithms can act quickly, but they are often un-nuanced and fallible. Meanwhile, human content moderators endure an enormous psychological burden when they analyze gruesome content.

Facebook recently announced an oversight board with independent experts to help monitor content moderation. Mr. Al Khatib thinks this is a good step, but in a world in which platforms hold part of the key to humanitarian justice, it’s still not enough.

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