Youtube deletes 1.1 million videos in India in January, the highest in the world


YouTube, owned by Google, removed more videos in India in the first three months of 2022 than in any other country in the world. In its Global Community Guidelines Enforcement Report, the company said it removed more than 1.1 million videos in India, with the United States trailing far behind at 358,134 videos.

Interestingly, the global community report does not actually reflect the total number of YouTube videos deleted in India during the period. The Community Guidelines only show videos that have been removed by YouTube’s own moderators, trusted flaggers, automated algorithms, and other mechanisms that fall under its Community Guidelines.

In India, however, the company also has Grievance Agents, who receive removal requests from users in India. According to the company’s enforcement reports released under the country’s IT rules, 2021, YouTube deleted 1,433,947 videos in India during the period, which is 258,088 more than reflected in the global report.

Certainly, the figures presented in the India reports include content removed by human moderators, grievance officers and also YouTube’s automated algorithms, among others.

Additionally, the company said it removed 4.4 million channels globally in the quarter ending March 2022. A channel is removed if it violates the company’s guidelines three times in a 90-day period. This, in turn, also leads to the deletion of videos posted by this channel, which totaled 99,390,911 additional videos during the period.

Posting spam and misleading content was the top reason for channel removals, accounting for 90.5% of all channel removals. On the other hand, child safety and violent content accounted for the most video deletions at 24.9% and 21.2%, respectively. 16.9% more videos were removed because they contained nudity.

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