[ by Charles Cameron — YouTube removing videos that document war crimes in the Middle East, Elgar ]
YouTube removes video documenting Islamic State’s destruction of Nimrud artifacts (AFP)
Here we are on the merry-go-round:
YouTube is facing criticism after a new artificial intelligence program monitoring “extremist” content began flagging and removing masses of videos and blocking channels that document war crimes in the Middle East.
Middle East Eye, the monitoring organisation Airwars and the open-source investigations site Bellingcat are among a number of sites that have had videos removed for breaching YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
The removals began days after Google, which owns YouTube, trumpeted the arrival of an artificial intelligence program that it said could spot and flag “extremist” videos without human involvement.
But since then vast tracts of footage, including evidence used in the Chelsea Manning court case and videos documenting the destruction of ancient artifacts by Islamic State, have been flagged as “extremist” and deleted from its archives.
Without human involvement?
Humans were involved in the decision to let this AI proceed in real time “without human involvement”.
H Sap or AI? — who’s to trust?
YouTube, Nimrod — Barenboim conducts Elgar:
Compare “YouTube removes video documenting Islamic State’s destruction of Nimrud artifacts”, illustrated above