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Max Fisher Aug 12
Now live: Our monthslong project on YouTube radicalization. As YouTube diverts more and more users down far-right rabbitholes, could its algorithm, in a way, radicalize an entire society? To find out, we went to YouTube's 2nd-largest market: Brazil.
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YouTubeInsider Aug 12
Replying to @Max_Fisher
We know our systems are far from perfect, so we’re constantly making improvements. But we had a team across product and engineering try to reproduce the recommendation results found by the University of Minas Gerais and Harvard’s researchers, and it was unable to do so.
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YouTubeInsider Aug 12
Replying to @Max_Fisher
In fact, we’ve seen that authoritative content from Brazilian news outlets (i.e. TV Folha and Jovem Pan) are thriving in Brazil + leading news channels have grown almost 2x in watchtime over the past yr. These news sources are among the most recommended content on the site in Br.
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YouTubeInsider
In January, we announced that we’ve begun reducing recommendations of borderline content and videos that could misinform users in harmful ways. We’re bringing this to Brazil by the end of this year.
When recommendations are at their best, they help users find a new song to fall in love with, discover their next favorite creator, or lear...
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YouTubeInsider Aug 12
Replying to @Max_Fisher
When it comes to politics, anyone regardless of their political affiliation can post what they want as long as it doesn't violate our Community Guidelines.
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YouTubeInsider Aug 12
Replying to @Max_Fisher
Our recommendation systems aren’t designed to filter or demote videos or channels based on specific political perspectives. It would be very problematic to exclude certain political viewpoints, from specific parties, ahead of an election.
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Eli Plaskett Aug 13
It's nice that you're almost close to being on the cusp of maybe updating a feature that has already caused a resurgence in Zika outbreaks that cripple babies in-utero.
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L.I.M.P.E  BR Aug 12
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Ban the Nazis Sandra Swan Aug 12
It's kind of late for that, don't you think? Not to mention the part that simply "reducing" your harmful recommendations is NOT ENOUGH. Are you reducing by a %, or reducing TO a %? How are you measuring it, and what are your accountability measures?
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