Google's CBO Schindler blames the media for putting YouTube's video content issue on the front page

Google's CBO Schindler blames the media for putting YouTube's video content issue on the front page
In the U.S., the media is getting beat up. Even Google is accusing the press of making a mountain out of a molehill. Firms like AT&T, Verizon and Walmart have been canceling their ads on Google owned YouTube because they have discovered that their spots are being placed before videos with racist and bigoted content. Companies like the nation's first and second largest carriers do not want to be associated with videos promoting hatred and violence.

Considering that these ads generate a ton of dough for Google, the company had to nip this in the bud. Google's chief business officer, Philip Schindler, said that the offensive videos received "less than 1/1000th of a percent of the advertisers’ total impressions." But even that was enough of a big deal for the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets to print evidence that videos supporting bigotry were being found on YouTube.

The problem is that Google seems more upset that the media is bringing this to the attention of the public than they are about the content of the offensive videos. Schindler even says that "someone (meaning the media) decided to put a bit more of a spotlight on the problem." To be sure, Google has taken steps to prevent companies from appearing to support offensive videos by giving them more say over where their ads are placed. In addition, it has tweaked its AI to make sure that no brands are advertising in front of certain videos.

Google's outrage is misplaced here. Instead of pushing out Schindler to say things like this "problem comes from the fact that somebody is aggressively putting it onto the front page," Google needs to fight against racism and bigotry. A few comments to that effect might even help Google get back the advertisers that it has lost.


source: Recode via TheGuardian

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22 Comments

1. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

so the opinions and the freedom of speech of people that you don't like is now racism and bigotry ... Good job 2017 .. good job world ...

5. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

It sounds like you have no idea what racism and bigotry is... Those concepts have always been opinions. "Right" and "wrong" are opinion-based.

8. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

im commenting because i know the videos that they are talking about , famous youtuber paul joseph watson got a message from youtube about this , racisim and bigotry in this day and age is just not agreeing with mainstream retarded movements (like feminism and the multi gender trash ... etc )

11. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"im commenting because i know the videos that they are talking about , famous youtuber paul joseph watson got a message from youtube about this , racisim and bigotry in this day and age is just not agreeing with mainstream retarded movements (like feminism and the multi gender trash ... etc )" A) Longest. Sentence. Ever. Yet surprisingly lacking in originality/common sense. Then again, expecting any degree of common sense from someone who types as you do was a mistake on my part... B) "racisim and bigotry in this day and age is just not agreeing with mainstream retarded movements (like feminism and the multi gender trash ... etc )"- This is the part that confirmed you were stupid. We get it, you're an edgelord dips**t either from some third world country where being gay or a women is basically a crime, or you're from Tennessee. Staggering just a wide the gap is between the two options... but that's besides the point. Women want equality for themselves, what's wrong with that? And why can't people align with the gender of their choosing? Why didn't you finish high school? All perplexing questions for a Bilble Belt degenerate/ third world populant, such as yourself. Too bad the rest of us (or at least most of the rest) take no issue with them seeking their rights.

14. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Why the hate for Tennessee?

15. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It's popular to lump all issues squarely with (any measure) right-wing and mid-westerners or southerners. Don't expect the extreme left-regressive to have any sense of reason at all.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"It's popular to lump all issues squarely with (any measure) right-wing and mid-westerners or southerners." So basically, where these specific issues exist in their greatest quantity? Besides, it was a joke. "Don't expect the extreme left-regressive to have any sense of reason at all." Says the hyperbolic conservative.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it isn't. Though racists and bigots like to try and mask the issue with claims like that.

7. Rydsmith unregistered

By your logic: "I think black people should still be slaves and on the field. They're not people just workers" It's not racism just an opinion. "1940s Germany was making the world a better place. They were trying to make a pure would for real Germans." It's not bigotry just an opinion. Please tell me more about how these statements and the videos on YouTube that support them are just an opinion and not racism.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2432; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If you're going to use that kind of reasoning, then you need to add the rap videos that use the n-word on Youtube, Buzzfeed's "Questions Black People have for White People", and MTV's "Decoded" series to the list of racism that YouTube needs to stop.

10. Phonehex

Posts: 766; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Isn't everyone a bit overtly sensitive these days? Media keeps crying over all these things while hundreds of real world issues are not covered.

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6823; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Agreed. Everyone is so quick to become offended by something...literally anything now.

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I just want to know who is stupid enough to associate an ad played before a YouTube video with the content of said video. I really don't think AT&T, Verizion, and Walmart really have anything to worry about TBH, certainly not enough to cancel their YouTube ads.

2. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Donald Trump, Jr. blaming others for their own stupidity and problems. Maybe he should had monitored, policed the page better.

3. Phonehex

Posts: 766; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Overaction by the Media.

4. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Meantime.... YouTube Content Creators are taking it up the tailpipe with losses of Ad revenue.

6. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Excuses excuses excuses Google. Get your act together with YouTube and stop relying so much on algorithms to arrange ads, even complex math can have errors.

16. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

So you're telling me a platform with literally more than 300 hours worth of content uploaded every minute does not need algorithms but should instead use human effort? People seem to underestimate how big YouTube is. What you're asking is quite frankly impossible

9. NoAllegiance unregistered

Nowadays, you cannot state your own opinion without someone being offended by it. Since when is holding different views regarded as an offense. Some people even go out of their way to find fault with what somebody says, even out of the political context. The strange thing is I am not sure whether this is just a recent change or was it always like this.

21. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

That has always been the case, even before the internet came to be. Your opinion will always be in the question of whether it is "right" or "wrong".

18. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

It's a question of targeting. I assume firms like AT&T, Verizon and Walmart are not ok selling their products to racists, so they would like to spend their resources on checking and ceasing their ads on certain channels that they find inappropriate. Or not?

24. fastfreddy123

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

The Media used to be defenders of freedom of speech and truth. Now unless you puppet there sense of morality and propaganda. You will be ostracized . There war on religion and the freedoms thereof is in full force. Reminds me of the book 1984. Sign of the times for sure, America land of the free.. and Diversity is NO MORE.

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