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YouTube removed more videos in the second quarter of 2020 than it ever has

Youtube took down more than 11.4 million videos between April and June. In the same period last year, YouTube removed just under 9 million videos.

covid-19 made a choice between under-enforcement and over-enforcement. The company chose the latter – using technology to help with some of the work normally done by reviewers.

Youtube parent company said in March it was extending its work-from-home policy until the end of 2020 due to the coronavirus. To allow such work to be done outside of a controlled environment would risk having user data – and sensitive videos – inadvertently exposed.

Number of Appeals for content takedowns went from 166,000 in the first quarter of 2020 to more than 325,000 in the second quarter. Youtube reversed itself and reinstated more videos in second quarter: more than 160,000.

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