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YouTube's war on conspiracy videos continues

Posted on Tuesday, 3 March, 2020 | Comment icon 52 comments

YouTube is not a fan of conspiracy content. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Colin / Wikimedia
The video hosting giant has been drastically reducing the number of conspiracy video recommendations.
Back in January 2019, YouTube announced that, among other things, it would be working to reign in conspiratorial content on its platform by reducing how often such videos would be recommended to users - a system that influences the majority of the content consumed on a daily basis.

While conspiracy videos wouldn't be outright banned on the platform, a reduction in the number of recommendations was likely to have a significant adverse effect on the channels producing them.

Now according to a new study, YouTube stayed true to its word and managed to reduce the number of conspiracy video recommendations by 70% over the first five months since the announcement.
While it seems that the number did increase again after this time, conspiracy video recommendations are now reportedly 40% less common than they were before the change was announced.

The researchers also found that while the move has only had a minor impact on some topics, others, such as 9/11 conspiracy theories, have been almost wiped off the recommendations system entirely.

Given that we don't know exactly how YouTube's recommendation algorithm works and which subjects it considers 'conspiracies', predicting how things will change moving forward is very difficult.

It seems probable that most, if not all, conspiracy videos will end up being sidelined sooner or later.

Source: MIT Technology Review | Comments (52)

Tags: YouTube, Conspiracies

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #43 Posted by aztek on 19 March, 2020, 15:03
absolutely, and posts in this very thread is living proof ot it
Comment icon #44 Posted by Great Old Man on 20 March, 2020, 8:28
  Ah... there is no literal meaning of "Media Freedom"    They want to chain and suppress conspiracist like me!
Comment icon #45 Posted by Festina on 1 April, 2020, 23:46
This World — not the Earth — and not the creation is a conspiracy. Moses’ artificial  monotheism was the catalyst. “Moses” (Osarseph) was a villain and no hero. The Stellar Man, John Baines (I don’t agree with him completely on “Jesus”)  chapter two, the so called “Anti Christ”, does a decent job of explaining this phenomenon — albeit not perfectly  in my opinion.  The incalculably malevolent bloodthirsty wrathful jealous vengeful avaricious lying murdering boastful proud humanity hating woman hating sensitive to insult and criticism third rate potency war god of the proto israelites   parasit... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by Trelane on 2 April, 2020, 0:47
So YouTube should just allow videos they don't want on their site? How does your ramble of thoughts tie into them editing content?
Comment icon #47 Posted by jaylemurph on 2 April, 2020, 18:42
Why is it people who know the least about alchemy and hermeticism are always the one to talk most loudly about it? —Jaylemurph 
Comment icon #48 Posted by godnodog on 5 April, 2020, 9:43
First they came for the corona virus conspiracy,  then the bigfoot,  then the ufo,  after came the black projects,  etc,  whats next the Trump beliebers?  Now on a serious note,  youtube should not recommend these videos but not censor/delete them,  but insert warnings/adds in the beginning and middle of the videos warning viewers.  I would love to read about how future anthropology researchers  will analyze our times,  the amount of stupidity is staggering even by today's standards.    Ps. I accidentally deleted part of the quote,  using a phone so correcting would be a pain
Comment icon #49 Posted by cerberusxp on 17 May, 2020, 11:17
So we have the Big tech Conspirators quashing truth calling it a conspiracy when they are like NAZI book burners! Why shut down those doing actual journalism uncovering conspiracy to keep you PROGRAMMED. Sure there are a lot of crap on you tube too but Redpill78 and Spaceshot 76 do their best to vet information. Dan Bongino waits 24 to 48 hours when the MSM comes out with some Orange man bad stuff and 9 times out of 10 it is all lies and contrived B.S.. Remember a lie travels around the earth many times before the truth comes out been that way for generations. Watch the last Table of Titans vi... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by cerberusxp on 17 May, 2020, 11:55
Operation Mockingbird never ended only now it is being run by rogue agents. People in Hollywood admit that many of the movies s were changed by the Clowns in America to further a clandestine agenda. NWO!
Comment icon #51 Posted by Trelane on 17 May, 2020, 15:24
Why doesn't the CT community pool their resources to host their own video content website like YouTube? Conspirators? I find that hard to believe. If that's really the case then why wouldn't the evil government just pay medical intuitions to have studies to show and categorize CTs as dangerous mentally ill people that need to be institutionalized (imprisoned)? Then with that backed finding where's the federal, state and local laws to put all those "crazies" in jail to protect the public?
Comment icon #52 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 17 May, 2020, 16:17
Because then they couldn't claim that they were being persecuted. Also it would limit their recruiting pool.  

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