Indian users flag the most number of videos on YouTube. India ranks ahead of countries such as the US, UK, Brazil and Russia and tops the list of countries where YouTube users have flagged content for a suspected violation of community guidelines. As per the YouTube Community Guidelines enforcement report, more than 10 million videos were flagged by YouTube users around the world, during the period April-June 2019. In the last edition too (January-March 2019), India led the tally.
"In addition to our automated flagging systems, Trusted Flaggers and our broader community of users play an important role in flagging content. We receive flags for suspected violations of our Community Guidelines... Flagged content will remain live when it doesn't violate our Community Guidelines," it said.
India topped the list, followed by the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and the UK. The countries were ranked according to the total number of flags received. However, the report by YouTube Community Guidelines enforcement did not disclose the exact amount of flags received from each country. But why do users flag videos in the first place, you may ask? Well, there are many reasons as to why users flag videos on YouTube. For example, YouTube users flag videos for reasons such as spam, violence, hateful or abusive or in some cases, videos being sexually offensive or inappropriate.
In a recent blog post, YouTube said it removed more than 100,000 videos from its platform for hate speech alone. What's more, YouTube also deleted over 17,000 channels and 500 million comments for the same reason. YouTube said that changes made to its automated flagging systems helped the Google-owned video detect and review content even before users could flag then. Besides, YouTube removed more than 80 per cent of auto-flagged videos were removed in the second quarter of 2019.
"We're determined to continue reducing exposure to videos that violate our policies. That’s why, across Google, we've tasked over 10,000 people with detecting, reviewing, and removing content that violates our guidelines," YouTube said in the blog post.
YouTube has also made changes to community guidelines to pull the plug on spam translations from getting published. YouTube said that creators would need to manually review their Community Contributions to check for spam before publishing. Creators can also flag abusive content in translations for YouTube to review. Meanwhile, YouTube users can disable Community Captions and remove translations that have already been published.