Google’s latest transparency report, released Friday, confirms many YouTubers’ guesses that the video is rarely revived after youTube deleted it, according tomedia CNET. Data on appeals and recovery in the last three months of last year showa-failure rates of 78 per cent. YouTube reported that 5.9 million videos were pulled from its platform in the fourth quarter of last year for violating community guidelines. By contrast, a small percentage (equivalent to 1.9 percent of the videos deleted during the period) were the subject of ABetube’s rethink. There were only 23,471 videos of successful appeals in the fourth quarter.
The video, which resumed in the fourth quarter, may reflect appeals and deletions that occurred earlier. But a quarter of appeals and recovery data provided by YouTube show that the failure rate is as high as 78 per cent.
Opaque complaints on YouTube are among the ongoing complaints made by creators. A YouTube user network advertising campaign even specifically calls for YouTube to set up a complaints processing unit overseen by a third-party commission. Friday’s transparency report included complaint data for the first time. At the same time, YouTube is facing complaints that it is not doing enough to remove videos that need to be deleted.
Earlier this month, the father of a journalist killed in a live broadcast filed a federal complaint with YouTube, accusing the company of failing to remove a video depicting the murder of his daughter. The complaint, filed with the Federal Trade Commission, said the victim’s family had obtained “blank cheques and outright lies” from YouTube. YouTube responded by banning videos designed to shock or accuse victims of fraud by violence, strictly enforcing the policies and deleting thousands of copies of the video.
Other trends in video deletion data include:
YouTube recently deleted fewer videos. YouTube’s deletions in the last three months of 2019 have fallen sharply compared to any other period since late 2017. Video deletions were down 32% from the same period last year and the previous quarter, the biggest change.
Videos deleted for child safety reasons surged late last year. In the last three months of 2019, the proportion of videos deleted for violating child safety guidelines jumped. In the fourth quarter, the proportion of videos removed from child safety in other reporting periods jumped from 8.4 to 9.7 per cent to 15.8 per cent. When YouTube endangers the emotional and physical health of minors, it has removed it for child safety reasons. The removal of child safety measures comes at a time when YouTube has tightened its rules around videos aimed at child viewers as part of an agreement to address allegations that its advertising targets children violate children’s privacy rights.
Spam is the number one reason YouTube deletes videos, but it’s decreasing. The percentage of spam and misleading videos removed by YouTube is declining, from a peak of 72.2 percent in September 2018 to 52 percent at the end of last year.
YouTube suddenly began deleting more violent and graphic videos in the middle of last year. While the number of deletions of spam-containing videos has declined, the percentage of violent and graphic videos removed by YouTube has increased, especially in the second half of 2019. The percentage of violent/graphic video deletions was in the low single digits in most cases, but reached 15.5% of the purgeins in the third quarter. That percentage declined slightly in the fourth quarter, but was still 9.8 per cent.
YouTube did not respond to a request for comment.