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YouTube’s algorithm pushes hateful content and misinformation: Report | POLITICO

Violent videos and misinformation are amplified by YouTube’s algorithm, despite the company’s rules meant to limit their spread, according to a Mozilla Foundation report published July 7.

The foundation — a nonprofit that advocates on privacy issues — found 71 percent of all videos that volunteers reported as disturbing were recommended by the video-sharing platform’s algorithm. They included conspiracies about 9/11 and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the promotion of white supremacy.

Researchers also found that people in non-English speaking countries were more likely to encounter videos they considered disturbing, indicating that YouTube’s efforts to better police its platforms have been uneven.

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Source: YouTube’s algorithm pushes hateful content and misinformation: Report | POLITICO

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