A number of accounts, such as those of Airwars, Bellingcat, Middle East Eye and Orient News have had videos removed or suspended as a result of past videos deemed ‘extreme’ by YouTube’s machine learning.
Can you work out why @TeamYouTube has banned these three videos? We can't. Of 100s we have archived since 2014, these 3 blocked this weeek pic.twitter.com/Yu0ZniC6My
— Airwars (@airwars) August 8, 2017
YouTube has now suspended my account because of videos of Syria I uploaded 2-3 years ago. Nice anti-ISIS AI you've got there, YouTube.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) August 12, 2017
YouTube is deleting videos documenting war crimes in the Middle East, and they're using 'robots' to do it… https://t.co/E9Y9Ktm9Ww
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) August 12, 2017
@OrientNews what's happening with your YouTube channel? It's not working anymore pic.twitter.com/M1AacCZYIX
— Houssam Owayed (@Howayed) August 10, 2017
Earlier this month, YouTube shared an update on its “commitment to fight terror [sic] content online,” boasting of “better detection and faster removal” thanks to “cutting edge” machine learning.
The post reported more than 75 percent of videos removed for “violent extremism” over the last month were taken down “before receiving a single human flag.Read more at InfoWars