Last year, I talked a lot about Zeynep Tüfekçi’s article in New York Times.
In this article, she explains that she noticed something while she was watching Donald Trump videos: YouTube was recommending content that was more and more extreme than the mainstream political fare she had started with.
After a few experiment she summarizes as “YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the 21st century.”
And the article in MIT Technology Review is exactly about the results of a recent study on this topic. The research says that what we’ve suspected for years is right: YouTube is a pipeline for extremism and hate. More than 330,000 videos on nearly 350 YouTube channels were analyzed. In short, The results were worrying. More than 26% of people who commented on alt-lite videos tended to drift over to alt-right videos and subsequently comment there.
Youtube makes a statement about the research, of course: “We strongly disagree with the methodology, data and, most importantly, the conclusions made in this new research”
You can find the article of the research here. In the last discussion section, there are some confessions such as “we actually answered some questions in this research, but the reason may be something else”