CNET: YouTube recommendations for ‘alt-right’ videos have dropped dramatically, study shows. “Google has made ‘major changes’ to its recommendations system on YouTube that have reduced the amount of ‘alt-right’ videos recommended to users, according to a study led by Nicolas Suzor, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology. During the first two weeks of February, alt-right videos appeared in YouTube’s ‘Up Next’ recommendations sidebar 7.8 percent of the time (roughly one in 13). From Feb. 15 onward, that number dropped to 0.4 percent (roughly one in 250).”
BuzzFeed News: Pro-Trump Activists Are Boosting A Twitter App Used By Banned Personalities And It Appears To Have Already Stalled. “A prominent activist with close ties to Donald Trump urged British conservatives to abandon Twitter and embrace a new social media app dominated by right-wing political views and used by several far-right figures who are banned from Twitter. Candace Owens — a rising star on the American right who attracted controversy last week because of comments about Adolf Hitler first reported by BuzzFeed News — told an audience in London that the new platform, Parler News, would be a conservatives haven away from the perceived left-wing bias of Silicon Valley and mainstream publishers such as the Guardian and New York Times.”
The Daily Beast: How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right. “For David Sherratt, like so many teenagers, far-right radicalization began with video game tutorials on YouTube. He was 15 years old and loosely liberal, mostly interested in ‘Call of Duty’ clips. Then YouTube’s recommendations led him elsewhere. ‘As I kept watching, I started seeing things like the online atheist community,’ Sherratt said, ‘which then became a gateway to the atheism community’s civil war over feminism.’ Due to a large subculture of YouTube atheists who opposed feminism, ‘I think I fell down that rabbit hole a lot quicker,’ he said.”
Irish Tech News: New DCU Research Finds Social Media Used To Polarise Public Opinion Against Refugees. “Research by Dublin City University has found that far-right groups and political organisations dominated conversations on Twitter creating powerful anti-refugee sentiment during a key period of the refugee crisis.”
ABA Journal: New database tracks the prosecution of right-wing extremists. “A new online data project is tracking far-right extremism by collecting and aggregating federal and state criminal cases against extremists, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis.”
BuzzFeed News: LinkedIn Is Now Home To Hyperpartisan Political Content, False Memes, And Troll Battles. “They have American flags and ‘MAGA’ in their profiles, share political memes and hyperpartisan news to their followers, and complain that their posts are being censored because they love Donald Trump. But instead of being active on Twitter and Facebook, these Trump supporters have brought the meme wars to the platform best known for Broetry, influencers, and professional networking: LinkedIn.” I thought Broetry might be some kind of weird typo, but it’s a thing, and BuzzFeed has a whole article about it.
The Verge: Facebook has started banning accounts affiliated with far-right group the Proud Boys. “Facebook has started banning both individual accounts and pages, as well as associated groups, that are affiliated with the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys. The news was first reported today by Business Insider, which noted that members of the Proud Boys and adjacent online communities had begun complaining about the takedowns on Twitter.”