Incident 229: Content Using Bestiality Thumbnails Allegedly Evaded YouTube’s Thumbnail Monitoring System

Description: YouTube’s thumbnail monitoring system was allegedly evaded by content farms such as ones in Cambodia who spike viewership and generate ad revenue using bestiality-themed thumbnails.


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Alleged: YouTube developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed YouTube users and YouTube content creators.

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Khoa Lam


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.