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YouTube's war on conspiracy videos continues

By T.K. Randall
March 3, 2020 · Comment icon 141 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 (141)

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Comment icon #132 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 4 years ago
All the people here on this site saying it's good that YouTube are limiting conspiracy videos. Why are you here? This is Unexplained Mysteries, the sort of place people open to theories should hang out.  The pure science contributors asking for proof in a way that they determine is the only way to prove something, well go and join a science bases conversation group would be my suggestion. And then let the conspiracy theories flow here and on YouTube.
Comment icon #133 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 4 years ago
YouTube aren't limiting conspiracy videos, they are limiting recommendations. Not the same thing. To show that sometimes the "unexplained" mysteries actually have explanations. We have a lot of people here who are open to various conspiracy theories.  So what you really want is a place where no one challenges outlandish ideas. Us sceptics are told to back up our claims all the time, but for some reason the conspiracy believers don't feel the need to bring the same standards of evidence.  In many cases the conspiracy theories presented are proven to be hoaxes. Don't you agree that its good ... [More]
Comment icon #134 Posted by godnodog 4 years ago
has to be people talking, sounds like music or audio special effects tke me out of the zone
Comment icon #135 Posted by TellLieVision 4 years ago
Are there any YT vids and blogs/ websites where I can watch and read about the conspiracy theory (theories) related to Bill Gates, Soros, the vaccines, Fauci, CoVid, G5, the microchips, etc?
Comment icon #136 Posted by Obviousman 4 years ago
Errrr..... Google is your friend.  
Comment icon #137 Posted by and then 4 years ago
They put the Obama's on a multimillion dollar creative consultancy track.  I haven't watched it in a few years.
Comment icon #138 Posted by TellLieVision 4 years ago
I've already tried but for some reason all I get is everything but conspiracy material. I dunno if Google and YT are preventing people from finding/ looking for CTs but it's harder and harder compared to some months ago. That's why my question. Maybe people know of blogs or YT channels
Comment icon #139 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 4 years ago
Have you considered not watching conspiracy related materiale ? 
Comment icon #140 Posted by TellLieVision 4 years ago
Comment icon #141 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 4 years ago
Maybe you should.

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