YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced this past week at BrandCast in New York that the video streaming and sharing service has now reached a staggering 1.8 billion monthly registered users watching content. It is a jump of some 300 million since the last update of usage figures were announced back in June 2017.
Perhaps even more staggering is the sheer amount of videos being uploaded on the service. Roughly 400 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute and the company now has some 10,000 monitors looking through content for sensitivity, criminal or terrorist related videos. Machine Learning and stricter policies will also help in managing the content on the site too.
The video sharing service has come under fire in the past year for some of the content on the site which has prompted them to make these changes and add moderators. YouTube took down 8.3 million videos in Q4 of last year alone and, as one can imagine, it is an endless effort given the amount of users and the amount of content being uploaded every minute. The company has also had to work through some challenging advertising on the site which was offensive.
The company is also looking to continue to deliver live content to users as well as produced shows.