CNET: YouTube CEO defends site’s recommendation system amid scrutiny

CNET: YouTube CEO defends site’s recommendation system amid scrutiny. “As YouTube deals with an onslaught of controversies, from the spread of extremism to child sexual exploitation issues, critics have called out the site’s powerful recommendation system, which uses algorithms to drive people to new content.”

Daily Kos: Far-right terrorism is now a global phenomenon, with help from Russia

Daily Kos: Far-right terrorism is now a global phenomenon, with help from Russia. “As Americans struggle to cope with the new reality of a seemingly endless stream of domestic terrorists either enacting or attempting mass murder in public spaces—all of them fitting the profile of the ‘red-pilled’ conspiracy theorist radicalized online, all of them killing sequentially, inspired by each previous likeminded terrorist—they may take some small consolation in the realization that they are not alone. At the same time, the sober realization that the rising tide of white-nationalist terrorism is not just an American problem, but a global one that reaches every corner of an Internet-connected world makes clear the massive breadth and scope of the problem.”

Tubefilter: The YouTube Radicalization Pipeline Exists, And It’s Driving Users Toward Increasingly Alt-Right Content (Study)

Tubefilter: The YouTube Radicalization Pipeline Exists, And It’s Driving Users Toward Increasingly Alt-Right Content (Study). “A new study out of Cornell University has found ‘strong evidence for radicalization among YouTube users,’ and concludes that viewers who consume ‘mild’ radical right-wing content (it cites Joe Rogan, a YouTuber with a talk show and 6.1 million subscribers, as a creator of such ‘mild’ content) often migrate to viewing much more radical alt-right content.”

BalkanInsight: Bosnia Failing in Fight against Extremism Online

BalkanInsight: Bosnia Failing in Fight against Extremism Online. “Amir Haskic called himself ‘Allah’s slave’ when chatting with fighters in Syria via the encrypted messaging apps Telegram and Viber. This, the trial demonstrated, was the climax of his radicalisation, a process that began with viewing hardline Islamic sermons on YouTube and graphic videos shared on social media.”

Mashable: 8chan dumped by service known for hosting racist sites

Mashable: 8chan dumped by service known for hosting racist sites . “Epik, the domain registrar and hosting provider that frequently steps in to help deplatformed far-right hate sites get back online, has drawn the line at 8chan. The domain name company’s controversial CEO, Rob Monster, posted a statement on Epik’s website on Tuesday. In the post, Monster explains that Epik — a company that hosts the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer — has decided to not provide hosting-related services to 8chan.”