Ars Technica: YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users

Ars Technica: YouTube should stop recommending garbage videos to users. “Ostensibly, YouTube’s recommendation algorithms are politically neutral. However, they’re optimized to boost ‘engagement,’ and in practice that means promoting videos with extremist and conspiratorial points of view. In Brazil, that has meant bringing a cadre of far-right social media stars to prominence, ultimately helping them gain power in national politics.”

CNET: YouTube tweaks kids videos’ algorithm to favor ‘quality’ content

CNET: YouTube tweaks kids videos’ algorithm to favor ‘quality’ content. “YouTube changed its recommendation algorithm for kid-oriented videos to prioritize ‘quality’ content, the company said Wednesday. The tweak last month diverted traffic away from some channels and flooded others, according to a Bloomberg article that first reported the news.”

Mashable: Instagram tests ‘Suggestions For You’ panel under posts sent via DM

Mashable: Instagram tests ‘Suggestions For You’ panel under posts sent via DM . “Instagram is sliding into our DMs to encourage us to follow more people Under some posts sent through Instagram direct messaging, a ‘Suggestions for You’ panel will load featuring related accounts, Instagram confirmed to Mashable.”

The Next Web: ‘YouTube recommendations are toxic,’ says dev who worked on the algorithm

The Next Web: ‘YouTube recommendations are toxic,’ says dev who worked on the algorithm. “…as YouTube has become the place for videos on the web, it’s led to a raft of new problems. Content moderation is a constant struggle and YouTube can do better, but there will likely always be some amount of offensive videos that people can seek out. However, the real issue is the videos we don’t seek out: YouTube’s recommendations.”

Forbes: Is Social Media Curating Hate And Scouring The Web For Our Greatest Fears?

Forbes: Is Social Media Curating Hate And Scouring The Web For Our Greatest Fears?. “Social media’s great promise was to connect the world. Yet rather than aggregate the world into a single real-time firehose, social platforms have increasingly turned to algorithmic curation to hand-feed us a perfectly personalized filter that appeals to our most intimate and powerful interests, desires and fears.”

Washington Post: YouTube recommended a Russian media site thousands of times for analysis of Mueller’s report, a watchdog group says

Washington Post: YouTube recommended a Russian media site thousands of times for analysis of Mueller’s report, a watchdog group says. “When the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III came out last week, offering the most authoritative account yet of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, YouTube recommended one video source hundreds of thousands of times to viewers seeking information, a watchdog says: RT, the global media operation funded by the Russian government.”

The Next Web: Novel ways to find what book to read next, curated by a huge word nerd

The Next Web: Novel ways to find what book to read next, curated by a huge word nerd. “Hi, I’m a huge word nerd. And I’m sure you’ll agree: reading is great! It’s like a word-movie in your mind, but without the crushing self-doubt that comes from looking at people too attractive to be right. Thing is, how do you know what to read next? You can only read so many books in your lifetime, how do you know they’re gonna be good? Well, I’ve got some tips to help you find your next favorite word splurge. Here are the best ways to do just that.”