YouTube Has a ‘Trusted Flagger’ Program to Help Find Extreme Content

/ Mar 17, 2014

YouTube advertising in summer

YouTube has a “trusted flagger” program which allows a group of 200 trusted people and organizations to review videos on the site and flag any that may violate its community guidelines.

This program is unrelated to YouTube’s copyright infringement (Content ID) program, which focuses more on helping rights-owners find, claim, and monetize their assets on the site.

Instead, this “trusted flagger” program is designed to curb the existence of the worst kinds of videos — those that feature hate speech or pornography, or unlawful acts such as drug abuse, bomb-making, animal abuse, and any sort of graphic violence.

Those enlisted in the trusted flaggers program have the ability to flag as many as 20 videos at a time. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, YouTube then reviews these claims before deciding whether to remove the video or restrict it to older ages.

The existence of such a specialized group came to light after a Financial Times article last week and a Wall Street Journal article today revealed that the British government’s counter terrorism unit was one of the groups enlisted by YouTube to flag videos that were unsuitable for audiences.

For those concerned that this would be a way for government organizations to censor content on the world’s biggest video site, YouTube said that’s not the case. In a statement to the press, YouTube said that less than 10 of the 200 trusted flaggers are government agencies or private organizations. Most are trusted individuals who have a good track record in identifying offensive material on the site. And, again, the company is the only one that has the ability to remove any flagged content from the site.

Tags: , ,


  • Kelly

    This is censorship, plain and simple. It’s not the case of a private company making the decision to stifle speech which it can do with its own property, which isn’t technically censorship, but now that we know (unnamed) government officials involved, we can go ahead and call it what it is, censorship without recourse.

    People should migrate away from “ThemTube” and put videos on a website without a hidden agenda, if one such site exists.

    • Spam_buster

      Not censorship… spam busting is why I do it!! Yes I’m one and I zap these “click here for the video” links all day long.. Why.. because 95% of them are scams and lying scumbags that want you to download something.. usually a video player, codec, or plug-in.. actually it’s usually a virus.. so I try and block that. Also have the “in order to verify your age we need your creditcard” .. no.. you are a thief.. fk off!! I’m not flagging gay, anarchist, anonymous, or anything else political or even semi-porno.. i’m only after spammers..

shomi

Plug Pulled on Canadian SVOD Service Shomi

 
Twitter

What’s Trending on the Twitter Sale

 
Machinima Logo

Machinima Teams with SiriusXM for Daily Esports Radio Show

 
Hearst

AwesomenessTV, Vice, Complex to Power New HearstLive...

 
Industry Tickets Selling Fast!
Click above to lock in your registration for VidCon 2015!
 
dirty-30-hannah-hart-mamrie-hart-grace-helbig

VIDEO: ‘Dirty 30’ Confessions with Stars Hart,...

 
facebook-thumbs-down

Facebook Says It’s Sorry It Vastly Overestimated Video...

 
craig-piligian-pilgrim-media-group

Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian (‘The...

 
youtube-heroes-for-change

Heroes or Rats?: YouTube Unveils New Program for Creators Who...

 
Vessel says it's doing well in its first month

Why Verizon is Pursuing Vessel, the...

 
jared-feldman-and-sam-hui-ph-d-at-the-2014-canvs-launch

How Canvs Media is Harvesting Emotional Insights on YouTube,...

 
marlon-wayans

Marlon Wayans Getting ‘Naked’ for Netflix with Regina Hall

 
huffpost-ryot-aol

HuffPost RYOT Launching Virtual Reality Comedy Series and News...

 
youtube-vote-irl

YouTube Launches #voteIRL Campaign Targeting Digital-First Generation

 
tyler-oakley-camp17

How Top YouTubers (incl. Tyler Oakley & Meghan Rienks)...

 
charlie-sheen-anger-management

Charlie Sheen to Star in Crackle Feature ‘Mad Families’

 
filmbuff_videoink_300x250

Gunpowder & Sky Buys Distributor FilmBuff As Vision for...

 
toy-freaks-youtube

Toy Freaks Top Viewed YouTube Channel in August According to...

 
jeffrey-tambor-transparent-amazon

Emmy Wrap-Up 2016: Jeffrey Tambor (‘Transparent’)...

 
Twitter

Twitter Scores 2.1 Million Viewers for Thursday Night Footall Kickoff

 
youtube-sad-face-error

Vloggers Not Unique Snowflakes: 90 Million Flag YouTube Videos...

 
Mode Media

‘Billion Dollar Startup’ Mode Media Shuts Down

 
raised-firsts-branded-tv

Who Is Winning The Marketing Revolution And Why?

 
shes-gotta-have-it

Netflix Orders ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series...

 
swedish-dicks-peter-stormare-keanue-reeves-viaplay

What Is ‘Swedish Dicks’ and Who Is Selling It?

 
seamlessly-she-monica-potter-aol-partner-studio-gmc-acadia

How GMC is Using the AOL Series ‘Seamlessly She’...

 
Netflix_new

Liberty Global to Put Netflix on Set-Top Boxes in 30 Countries

 
vincent-cacace-vertebrae

Getting to the Spine of VR’s Monetization Challenges with...

 
meredith_brandfront_videoink_300x250

Meredith Hosted Its Own “Front” Stacked with 20 New Series

 
complex-networks-hearst-verizon

Verizon and Hearst Move RatedRed.com and Seriously.TV Under...

 
Twitter

Twitter Launches Live Streaming Apps for Amazon Fire, Apple TV...

 
YouTube Community

YouTube Fights Back Against Social Media Rivals with Community Feature

 
Casual Hulu

Vimeo Opening Television Store with Lionsgate Content, Launching...

 
A Perfect Day in LA Tastemade Jaunt VR Virtual Reality

From Donuts to Malibu, Tastemade and Jaunt Get Immersive in...

 
Defy Media

Defy Media Close $70 Million Series B Funding Round

 
YouTube Space LA Halloween Set 2016

YouTube Spaces Team with Jason Blum (‘The Purge’)...

 
Yahoo Esports

‘Yahoo Esports Live’ Serves Up Reeses Puffs with...

 
univision

Univision and Lionsgate Team for SVOD Movie Service for U.S. Hispanics

 
People Entertainment Weekly PEN

People/Entertainment Weekly Ad-Supported OTT Service Preps for Launch

 
George_Kliavkoff Jaunt VR

Jaunt VR Hires Hearst Exec George Kliavkoff as CEO

 
Making a Murderer Netflix

‘Making a Murderer’ Scores for Netflix at Creative...