Until a digital SWAT team came through, YouTube boasted 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels featuring content that the video platform determined were “hate speech.” Following an update to YouTube’s content guidelines, the company removed those channels and has been actively engaged in a campaign against hateful content since then. “We have invested in responsibility over the last four years,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told John Battelle at Signal 2020 in July. “We have literally thousands of people and large engineering teams who are focused on this now, we have really excellent policymakers who can jump into action.”
Wojcicki talked about the platform’s efforts to create transparency during the elections, featuring information on campaign sponsors and how much was paid. “I want to make sure that when we look back on this time that that we feel that YouTube took a really reasonable and and responsible path,” she said.
In the 30-minute session, they also discussed brand safety and the way technology is changing the media and advertising landscape. See below to watch the full session: