YouTube blames abrupt termination of live female sex technology conference on moderation algorithm and lack of human oversight
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YouTube blames its automatic moderation tool for removing a live stream from a conference on female sex.
According to a report by Daily Dot, the conference, called Women of Sex Tech, saw its live stream automatically banned from YouTube after only four minutes of broadcasting for allegedly violating the platform’s community guidelines.
The conference has been running for five years, but went online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
YouTube ended a conference on female sex technology after just four minutes of streaming. Platform blamed self-moderation functionality (stock)
In a statement to the DailyDot, YouTube said the incident was due to increased dependence on the algorithm to automatically remove content that violates YouTube guidelines
The use of self-moderation is due to the lack of human moderators due to the stresses caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, said YouTube.
“We know this may result in the removal of certain videos that do not violate our policies, but it allows us to continue to act quickly and protect our ecosystem,” said the spokesperson.
“If creators think their content was deleted in error, they can appeal the decisions and our teams will take a look at it.”
The motherboard reports that although the YouTube community guidelines are aimed at preventing “ sexually rewarding ” content as well as nudity and pornography, the entire five-hour conference did not contain such documents.
Sex technology has only recently found its place at major conferences like CES where toys for women and men were on display this year.
“ I was so confused, I thought it must be a problem given that there was no mention of sex or adult content at the time, ” said the president of Women of Sex. Tech, Alison Falk, at Motherboard.
“ Since this is not a single event and there are often stories of banned, demonetized people, whose accounts are disabled, etc. In our communities, I can’t help but wonder which automation variables their smart detection was asked to research what would trigger an inappropriate content violation, ” Falk told Motherboard.