Incident 281: YouTube's Algorithms Failed to Remove Violating Content Related to Suicide and Self-Harm

Description: Terms-of-service-violating videos related to suicide and self-harm reportedly bypassed YouTube’s content moderation algorithms, allegedly resulting in exposure of graphic content to young users via recommended videos.


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

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Khoa Lam


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