As Germans Seek News, YouTube Delivers Far-Right Tirades
A researcher found the platform’s recommendation system had steered viewers to fringe and conspiracy videos on a neo-Nazi demonstration in Chemnitz.
When Germans sought news on a riot in Chemnitz, YouTube instead pushed them to far-right propaganda — which went viral, filtering back into the real world. Neo-Nazis lost in Chemnitz's streets but, thanks, to YouTube, won online. Story with
As I reported last year with
, YouTube’s algorithm does something similar with politics. We found it directing large numbers of Germans news consumers toward far-right extremist videos, with real-world implications.
Neo-Nazis ultimately lost on the streets of Chemnitz. But they won online. Our story with
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Researchers who study YouTube say the platform tends to push everyday users toward politically extreme content — and, often, to keep them there
Dr Alina Polyakova
YouTube has flown under the radar as an amplifier of disinformation but with more users than Facebook, its deeply influential in skewing reality. With stark and dangerous consequences.
Tufekci, a prominent social media researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has written that these findings suggest that YouTube could become 'one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the 21st century.'”