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PostPosted: March 12 18, 7:43 am 
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Study of YouTube algorithms suggests that no matter where one starts, YouTube always recommends more radical videos in their autoplay lists.

Very damning if you ask me.

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What keeps people glued to YouTube? Its algorithm seems to have concluded that people are drawn to content that is more extreme than what they started with — or to incendiary content in general.

The Wall Street Journal conducted an investigation of YouTube content with the help of Mr. Chaslot. It found that YouTube often “fed far-right or far-left videos to users who watched relatively mainstream news sources,” and that such extremist tendencies were evident with a wide variety of material. If you searched for information on the flu vaccine, you were recommended anti-vaccination conspiracy videos.

It is also possible that YouTube’s recommender algorithm has a bias toward inflammatory content. In the run-up to the 2016 election, Mr. Chaslot created a program to keep track of YouTube’s most recommended videos as well as its patterns of recommendations. He discovered that whether you started with a pro-Clinton or pro-Trump video on YouTube, you were many times more likely to end up with a pro-Trump video recommended.


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So many people have figured out how to "game" the algorithm to get their videos to rank higher and be more likely to be seen. The algorithm can't tell garbage content from good content. It just knows a lot of people viewed it and it hits all the right keywords.

Coincidentally I was just looking back at this article last night which talks about a similar thing, except with kids' videos (we discussed this article on here before). But at the end of that article, he does say that he thinks the same thing that is happening with kids' videos is happening with ALL videos.

(One thing that was interesting is a lot of the kids videos he referenced in that article were purged by Youtube since then, and he updated the article a bit. One of the channels they completely shut down was the #68 ranked channel in traffic on the entire platform. And all it did was create garbage videos that gamed the algorithm.)


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