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YouTube depends on community members for reviewing content

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Kolkata: YouTube mostly depends on its community members to flag issues to review the content as per its guidelines before “censoring” it.

“We rely on YouTube community members to flag content they find inappropriate. Then we review it to see whether it is against our community guidelines and then we take the right kind of action,” YouTube India Head, Entertainment Content, Satya Raghavan told reporters at a roundtable in the city today.

On dealing with videos uploaded on YouTube threatening security issues, he said, “Lot of cases are there where the law of the land is very important. That’s where we work with the local governments and that happens globally. Where they have specific requests, we obey.”

As per the guidelines, the YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day every week.

“Flagged videos are not automatically taken down by the flagging system. If a video does not violate our guidelines, no amount of flagging will change that and it will stay on the site.

“Videos that violate our community guidelines are removed from YouTube and videos that may not be appropriate for all younger audiences are age-restricted,” he said.

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