We all know that human error is inevitable as well as human biases. These errors and biases are everywhere but how will this effect the new YouTube Heroes service YouTube is rolling out? First we need to see what YouTube Heroes really is. Will it help the YouTube site or will it just be another day in the world of YouTube policy gone awry?
Lets first see what Youtube Heroes is shall we.
As you can see YouTube Heroes in essence is a moderating group. With a couple of exceptions. Mainly you can help with subtitles and captions. However the meat and potatoes of the program is the role you are truly given is moderator.
Instead of youtube staff moderating the videos they want to sign you up as well as I to help clean up YouTube. On the surface it seems like a good idea. Considering there are over a billion videos on YouTube at this her moment. The idea of a staff of even a couple of hundred couldn’t moderate and see what’s going on. Who is uploading what and so on.
We all know that YouTube already has systems in place but they have lots of errors and abuse by other YouTubers/companies. YouTube feels that this new system may actually work. Quite simple. Just follow the guidelines and go on your merry way. But what do you get if you’re part of this system. Here is a list of the Heroe perks we will get if we do these things.
Being a YouTube Heroe isn’t without its perks. From your first major perk in level 2 with “Learn at exclusive workshops” to level 5 With “Apply for the Heroes Summit”
However the one perk that is getting to a lot of content creators is the perk you get in level 3. “Mass Flag abusive videos.” This one reward is where people are becoming angry about.
The reward seems cut and dry. However, with the flagging system YouTube has now. How will this be any better, when any video can get flagged for anything. Sometimes these falsely flagged videos can take a long time to be fixed. If allowed, what’s to say that these mass flaggings won’t lead to videos being falsely flagged or even worse those that have a different agenda will use this to silence others.
We know that there are a lot of controversial videos out there on YouTube. The biggest threat is moderators feelimng like they have the right to flag who they want and silence who they want because they don’t agree with the content creator.
It’s not just videos either. It’s also comments. While some comments can be down right mean and nasty. What about those that just quite frankly don’t agree with those that are commenting. You basically will try to silence them. Even if it’s just to debate. That won’t happen
It won’t happen because there are very sensitive people out there that can’t take anyone else’s opinions that will differ with theirs.
This new Heroes service by YouTube. Is really going to piss many creators and commenters off. On the surface it’s a wonderful thought. Especially to get rid of videos that really don’t belong on the site. But when you have many that need a safe space from those that have different opinions and they try silencing them. That’s when we have a problem. It also whipes the hands clean from the staff of YouTube from any kind of silencing.
YouTube Heroes system is just another form of trying to control what’s safe for everyone and what isn’t safe. However with giving people with the proverbial losses gun and a badge. Who’s to say that those deputies won’t try something that is about them and not what’s good for the website?