As per the reports by Community Guidelines Enforcement, YouTube removed 11.4 million videos in the second quarter of 2020, which is between April to June. Last year, during this time, YouTube took down around 9 million videos. This makes it clear than the giant company is leaning more on the algorithm.
YouTube extended its work-from-home policy till the end of 2020, which also warned the users that the company would now rely on technology rather than human reviews. This is because YouTube has human moderators who work from offices, particularly for reviewing purposes. However, these workers cannot be allowed to work on the purpose outside the controlled environment as it could put the users’ data at risk.
The more videos are removed, the greater the appeals have been received by content creators; hence, to manage the load, the company hired more staff. During the first quarter of 2020, the number of appeals for taking down the content was around 166,000, which, in the second quarter, has incredibly increased to 325,000.
YouTube is also receiving takedown appeals for child safety and is currently reviewing the appeals to remove as many violative videos as possible.