Return of the algorithm monster: YouTube auto-promoted conspiracy theory videos (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Return of the algorithm monster: YouTube auto-promoted conspiracy theory videos. “Worried about a dystopian future full of robots that decide how you see the world? You can wait until tomorrow’s fantastic Blade Runner 2049 to imagine how that might look in the future, or you can get there faster by logging in to modern YouTube. At least, that’s The Wall Street Journal’s take. The paper tested and confirmed some bizarre content-surfacing results on the massive video-sharing site as recently as this Tuesday. The results, which sullied its ‘Top News’ box with debunked rumors, drove YouTube to ‘accelerate the rollout of planned changes to its search engine,’ according to a YouTube source close to the WSJ.”

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