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YouTube took down 8M videos in 3 months, with machines doing most of the work

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To reassure advertisers and deter the interest of regulators, YouTube recently decided to begin posting a quarterly Community Guidelines Enforcement Report highlighting its efforts to purge the site of content that breaches its terms of service.

The first of these reports, posted on Monday, reveals that the Google-owned company wiped 8.3 million videos from its servers between October and December, 2017. YouTube said the majority of the videos were spam or contained sexual content. Others featured abusive, violent, or terrorist-related material.

The data, which doesn’t include content deleted for copyright or legal reasons, shows that YouTube’s automated tools are now doing most of the work, deleting the majority of the unsuitable videos. Interestingly, YouTube noted that of the 6.7 million videos pulled up by its machine-based technology, 76 percent were removed before they received a single view.

The report also highlighted how its technology is helping to speed up identification and removal of unsuitable content: “At the beginning of 2017, 8 percent of the videos flagged and removed for violent extremism were taken down with fewer than 10 views. We introduced machine-learning flagging in June 2017. Now more than half of the videos we remove for violent extremism have fewer than 10 views.”

Humans still play a role in keeping the service free of objectionable content. Just over a million of the deleted videos were flagged by a “trusted individual,” while “YouTube users” flagged another 0.4 million. A small number of videos were flagged by non-governmental organizations and government agencies. Flagged videos are not automatically deleted — some will be deemed OK by YouTube’s review system, while others will be slapped with an age-restriction notice.

YouTube also employs its own human reviewers who look at suspect content passed on by its machine-based system. The company is working to create a team of 10,000 reviewers by the end of 2018, and is also hiring full-time specialists with expertise in violent extremism, counterterrorism, and human rights. Regional expert teams are also being expanded, the company said.

The number of videos removed by YouTube in just three months may surprise some, though it’s also worth considering that the site has more than 400 hours of content uploaded each and every minute.

YouTube clearly still faces many challenges in cleaning up its service, but it insists it’s committed to ensuring it “remains a vibrant community with strong systems to remove violative content,” adding that future reports should demonstrate ongoing improvements regarding its procedures and technology for getting rid of unsuitable material.

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The Backbone of Gambian Economy Requires Careful Monitoring – Experts

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Prospects of a growing GDP must be reflected in growth in exports, foreign direct investment and tourist arrivals. The financial year is almost coming to an end but not much has been said about the main export crop.



Earlier a press release was issued questioning the prospects of the farming season.
However, the government has not said much about the trade season. It is standard of good practice to announce the prices of crops before they are even sown to motivate farmers to aim to have bumper harvest.
Now farmers are still waiting to be assured that their crops will be bought at reasonable prices. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the trade season and tourist arrivals as pointers to growth or decline in GDP.

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China eliminates poverty in 85 counties

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China, on Wednesday, announced that another 85 counties have been officially taken off the country’s list of impoverished areas, marking further steps toward its goal of eradicating poverty by 2020.

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The announcement, made by the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, came on the fifth National Poverty Relief Day, which falls on October 17 every year.

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This is the largest number of counties to shake off poverty since China vowed in 2015 to win the battle against poverty.

It brings the total number of counties removed from the poverty list since then to 153.

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