YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says that 1.8 billion registered users watch videos on the platform every month, not counting anyone who sees them without an account. Wojcicki announced the milestone in the YouTube Brandcast presentation to advertisers, along with some of the most notable successes of the year, such as Beyoncé's record of 41 million live views in Coachella and the "Despacito" music video that passed the 5 billion visits last month. The company previously announced that it had 1.5 billion connected users by mid-2017.
Wojcicki used the Brandcast event to obliquely address some of the problems YouTube has faced, including questions about inappropriate children's videos and conspiracy theories about the platform. "This is the impact of an open platform: it brings the world together in ways that were not possible before." But we have also seen that challenges arise with the opening, as some have tried to take advantage of our services, "said Wojcicki." For me and everyone on YouTube it is incredibly important that we grow responsibly. "
Wojcicki mentioned changes as a YouTube Kids' option for human-curated videos and the promise of hiring 10,000 moderators, something that seems to be in progress. "There is no playbook on how open platforms operate on our scale," Wojcicki said. What I think is that it is fundamental that we are on the right side of history. "