“Basically, YouTube is pushing people towards mainstream media sources. Whether or not you think that’s a good thing is up to you. But at the very least, it doesn’t appear to default to extremism as many people note. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s that way for everyone. Indeed, there are some people criticizing this study because it only studies non-logged in user recommendations. Nor does it mean that it wasn’t like that in the past. This study was done recently, and it’s been said that YouTube has been trying to adjust its algorithms quite a bit over the past few years in response to some of these criticisms.”
Read the full article here: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191228/22492643646/new-study-suggests-that-youtubes-recommendation-algorithm-isnt-tool-radicalization-many-people-believe-least-not-any-more.shtml
The article also raises an interesting point about our ability to think for ourselves. I wonder how many people watching YouTube’s recommended videos (even if they did/do tend towards radicalization) would actually find themselves being heavily persuaded by the content?