Back in 2012, "Trusted Flagger" program was born to provide more robust tools for people or organizations who are actively reporting of content that violates YouTube Community Guidelines.
As part, Trusted Flaggers receive access to a tool helping them in reporting multiple videos at the same time. Now, to empower such people, Google is today introducing 'YouTube Heroes," program, which is designed to recognize and support the global community of people who consistently help make YouTube a better experience for everyone.
These "Heroes" do this in big and small ways by adding captions & subtitles to videos, reporting videos that violate our community guidelines, or sharing their knowledge with others in our help forums.
The program is currently available to only a select group of contributors from across the globe. These contributor are those who have histories of high quality community contributions.
Through the program, participants will be able to earn points and unlock rewards to help them reach the next level. Additionally, a separate "dedicated site for YouTube Heroes community is launched."
For example, "Level 2 Heroes get access to training through exclusive workshops and Hero hangouts," google explains, "while Level 3 Heroes with proficiency will be able to flag multiple videos at a time [like Trusted Flaggers]" and "help moderate content strictly within the YouTube Heroes Community site," writes team YouTube.
In addition, Heroes will be able to track their contributions and overall impact. In other words, they can see, if 'a video reported by them has been removed for violating policies," or "approved subtitle contributed by them." Additionally, they can also see if a "help forum answer they've posted has been marked as best answer."
YouTube concludes the post saying, it'll roll out more details of YouTube Heroes and the dedicated YouTube Heroes Community site over the coming months.
Interested, you can join the program and express interest here. However, the team said, they'll gradually admit other top contributors into the program.
Below you can get a sneak peek at the new YouTube Heroes Community site, and a look at how YouTube Heroes can track their contributions:
Also recently, a new global program called "YouTube Creators for Change" was launched. It's a new initiative dedicated to "amplifying the voices of role models who are tackling difficult social issues with created videos on their channels," writes team.
Creators for Change are helping generate positive social change with their global fan bases from "combating hate speech, to countering xenophobia and extremism, to simply making the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others."
Google also committing $1M in equipment and production grants as part of the Creators for Change program. And, through "Google.org, they establishing a $2M charitable fund for nonprofits that promote inclusion and cross-cultural understanding," google stated.
The team notes, over the next year, more program ambassadors will be introduced to "help drive greater awareness of social issues and foster productive dialogue as well as they'll also help to identify and empower emerging creators."
These creators will be joining new programs at YouTube Spaces throughout the year.
Furthermore, they are committed to continue working with NGOs, schools, and media companies around the world to launch more local programs as part of Creators for Change, said google.