Google Flags Its Own Video As Spam on Youtube
There are few things that tech companies love more than algorithms. Of course, as anyone who’s been following the content ID issues on YouTube knows, algorithms are far from perfect. That’s why we find it rather amusing that Google’s algorithms briefly turned on their creators and started labeling its Chromebook ads as spam.
“This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on spam, deceptive practices, and scam,” the blocked ads warning read.
Google has since fixed the issue, but Reddit was able to grab a few screenshots and even video of the process in action.
The mistake, while amusing, does come at a bad time for Google as the company is currently pushing its new line of Chromebooks rather hard. In addition to the ads placed in front of other videos, Google has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to promoting its Chromebooks.
YouTube’s algorithms have given Google some trouble in the past and the content ID issue remains a problem especially for those who cover video games. In that particular case, Google’s bots will often divert ad revenue to the company’s which own the games that are being covered or simply demonetize the videos entirely. There is an appeal process in place, but the entire system is a bit of a mess and highlights one of the problems of relying solely on algorithms to handle issues such as this.
In terms of the spam detection, we would like to think that this would motivate the company to rethink its over-reliance on algorithms on YouTube, but we would be rather surprised if that were the case. Google, like other large tech companies, rely heavily on software to handle issues for them. While it certainly save them time and manpower, it is also causes real people a lot of headaches to deal with.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.