How YouTube Drives People to the Web's Darkest Corners

How YouTube Drives People to the Web's Darkest Corners
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YouTube reports that about 70% of user viewing time is spent watching videos recommended by the company's if you like that you might like this algorithms. A Journal investigation found YouTube's recommendations often lead users to channels that feature conspiracy theories, partisan viewpoints and misleading videos, even when those users haven't shown interest in such content. When users show a political bias in what they choose to view, YouTube typically recommends videos that echo those biases, often with more-extreme viewpoints. that at creates personalized playlists.

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