YouTube, like seemingly every other company right now, is making moves to switch to remote working as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to make offices a dangerous place to be in. How this will affect both the people who work for the company, creators posting on the platform, and those of us who watch their videos, has been outlined in a post on the YouTube Creator Blog.
If you fall into one of those three groups the important thing to know here is how YouTube handles enforcement of its guidelines for videos on the platform, and how this will be affected by less people at their stations in offices.
Right now this process is a mixture of real employees manually reviewing content which is picked up as potentially harmful by machine learning as well as user reports. With less people around to do that reviewing, the automated systems will have to fill in those gaps and that may lead to videos being removed even when they shouldn’t.
“With fewer people to review content, our automated systems will be stepping in to keep YouTube safe. More videos will be removed than normal during this time, including content that does not violate our Community Guidelines. We know this will be hard for all of you,” The team YouTube Twitter account comments.
Thankfully, during this time, removed videos will not trigger strikes on channels unless YouTube has “high confidence that it’s violative”. For those who just watch videos and may not be up to speed on what strikes are, these are basically official reprimands by YouTube issued when the rules are broken and can be triggered by a video being removed by the automated systems. If a strike is unfairly issued during this time appeals to have them removed can still be made.
Eligible creators will still be able to monetise their content as per usual but care must be taken to follow certain guidelines should they choose to make videos about the topic which caused all of this, COVID-19.
Content creators on platforms like YouTube believed that their livelihoods would be largely unaffected by this pandemic as they already work from home by default but, as it turns out, things aren’t going to be that simple.