Nobody is immune to the likes of COVID-19, not even digital creators amid business closures and staff shortages. On March 16, YouTube said that it implemented closures and staff shortages. YouTube on Monday said it has implemented a temporary automatic review process whose purpose is to weed out any content that possibly violates polices as in-office staffing in certain locations has been reduced.
In order to compensate for the work carried out by YouTube’s review team, it will rely on “automated systems” to remove content without human review. The purpose of this is to keep the YouTube ecosystem intact and running as close to normal as possible during this time.
“As a result of the new measures we’re taking, we will temporarily start relying more on technology to help with some of the work normally done by reviewers,” the company wrote in a blog post. “This means automated systems will start removing some content without human review, so we can continue to act quickly to remove violative content and protect our ecosystem, while we have workplace protections in place.”
Due to the automated nature of YouTube’s review process, some brands and creators have had videos taken down despite it not even violating content polices. According to YouTube, it will work with those creators and won’t issue strikes against content that’s been accidentally removed.