Ars Technica: If YouTube’s algorithms radicalize people, it’s hard to tell from the data

Ars Technica: If YouTube’s algorithms radicalize people, it’s hard to tell from the data. “…there has been a steady stream of stories about how the process has radicalized people, sending them down an ever-deepening rabbit hole until all their viewing is dominated by fringe ideas and conspiracy theories. A new study released on Monday looks at whether these stories represent a larger trend or are just a collection of anecdotes. While the data can’t rule out the existence of online radicalization, it definitely suggests that it’s not the most common experience. Instead, it seems like fringe ideas are simply part of a larger self-reinforcing community.”

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