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YouTube's radicalizing Alt-right trolls and Facebook's recruiting new language boffins

Baldrickk Silver badge

I'm not really sure that we can really point the finger at YouTube too much here.

Think about it this way - take a video - any video, on any topic. For the purposes of discussion, lets use... an introduction to cross-stiching.

Now, we need to come up with suggestions for other videos a viewer of this video will watch.

We end up with a pool of similar videos, some "a little lighter" and some "a bit more intense".

User quite likes this topic, so eventually, they'll end up clicking on that "Advanced cross-stiching tips and tricks" video.

Now, we present similar videos to this one... again, some a little lighter, and some a bit more intense. Eventually, they'll click on the link to "cross stitching tricks to impress your friends" - now we're getting somewhere. This is a bit heavier, and the suggested videos are all from a "darker" suggestion pool than the first.

Now, not all viewers will reach that level, and will take different times to get there, but you can follow a chain to reach the more "edgy" content.

Trying to stop this would be actively preventing people from finding certain viewpoints, which would be censorship - probably not where we want to go.

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