‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth. “Company insiders tell me the algorithm is the single most important engine of YouTube’s growth. In one of the few public explanations of how the formula works – that sketches the algorithm’s deep neural networks, crunching a vast pool of data about videos and the people who watch them – YouTube engineers describe it as one of the ‘largest scale and most sophisticated industrial recommendation systems in existence’. Lately, it has also become one of the most controversial.” Long and substantive article.