How YouTube Radicalized Brazil - The New York Times


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Good read on how YouTube helped Bolsonaro to win the presidency of Brazil.
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2 days ago by tguemes
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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5 days ago by kerim
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil
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5 days ago by alexgieg
YouTube built its business on keeping users hooked. This has been a gift to extremist groups. An investigation in the company’s second-biggest market found serious consequences.
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5 days ago by longfried
There is a lot of great content on YouTube, but this stuff is far too prevalent.

> As his time on the site grew, YouTube recommended videos from other far-right figures. One was a lawmaker named Jair Bolsonaro, then a marginal figure in national politics — but a star in YouTube’s far-right community in Brazil, where the platform has become more widely watched than all but one TV channel.
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> Last year, he became President Bolsonaro.

It lowers YouTube (Google's) revenue by blocking this stuff. I wouldn't expect much to happen.
6 days ago by thingles
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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6 days ago by skinnyj
YouTube’s search and recommendation system appears to have systematically diverted users to far-right and conspiracy channels in Brazil.

A New York Times investigation in Brazil found that, time and again, videos promoted by the site have upended central elements of daily life.

Teachers describe classrooms made unruly by students who quote from YouTube conspiracy videos or who, encouraged by right-wing YouTube stars, secretly record their instructors.

Some parents look to “Dr. YouTube” for health advice but get dangerous misinformation instead, hampering the nation’s efforts to fight diseases like Zika. Viral videos have incited death threats against public health advocates.

And in politics, a wave of right-wing YouTube stars ran for office alongside Mr. Bolsonaro, some winning by historic margins. Most still use the platform, governing the world’s fourth-largest democracy through internet-honed trolling and provocation.

YouTube’s recommendation system is engineered to maximize watchtime, among other factors, the company says, but not to favor any political ideology. The system suggests what to watch next, often playing the videos automatically, in a never-ending quest to keep us glued to our screens.
youtube  politics  brazil  future  grim  engagement  machine-learning  google  zika 
6 days ago by jm
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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6 days ago by joostvanderborg
How YouTube radicalized Brazil (this is insane)
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6 days ago by roryhyde
"YouTube built its business on keeping users hooked. This has been a gift to extremist groups. An investigation in the company’s second-biggest market found serious consequences."
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6 days ago by jimmykduong
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6 days ago by seoulrain
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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6 days ago by adamthelibrarian
August 12, 2019 at 05:57PM
6 days ago by colin.eide
Fascinating. “And in politics, a wave of right-wing YouTube stars ran for office alongside Mr. Bolsonaro, some winning by historic margins. Most still use the platform, governing the world’s fourth-largest democracy through internet-honed trolling and provocation.”
6 days ago by fpaulus
YouTube built its business on keeping users hooked. This has been a gift to extremist groups. An investigation in the company’s second-biggest market found serious consequences.
YouTube  brazil  altright  politics  algorithm 
7 days ago by stevesong
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7 days ago by schmitz
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil - The New York Times
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7 days ago by Arnte
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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7 days ago by mikerugnetta
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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7 days ago by yudha87
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7 days ago by acdha
Max Fisher and Amanda Taub:
<p>Members of the nation’s newly empowered far right — from grass-roots organizers to federal lawmakers — say their movement would not have risen so far, so fast, without YouTube’s recommendation engine.

New research has found they may be correct. YouTube’s search and recommendation system appears to have systematically diverted users to far-right and conspiracy channels in Brazil.

A New York Times investigation in Brazil found that, time and again, videos promoted by the site have upended central elements of daily life.

Teachers describe classrooms made unruly by students who quote from YouTube conspiracy videos or who, encouraged by right-wing YouTube stars, secretly record their instructors.

Some parents look to “Dr. YouTube” for health advice but get dangerous misinformation instead, hampering the nation’s efforts to fight diseases like Zika. Viral videos have incited death threats against public health advocates.

And in politics, a wave of right-wing YouTube stars ran for office alongside [President] Bolsonaro, some winning by historic margins. Most still use the platform, governing the world’s fourth-largest democracy through internet-honed trolling and provocation.

YouTube’s recommendation system is engineered to maximize watchtime, among other factors, the company says, but not to favor any political ideology. The system suggests what to watch next, often playing the videos automatically, in a never-ending quest to keep us glued to our screens.

But the emotions that draw people in — like fear, doubt and anger — are often central features of conspiracy theories, and in particular, experts say, of right-wing extremism.

As the system suggests more provocative videos to keep users watching, it can direct them toward extreme content they might otherwise never find. And it is designed to lead users to new topics to pique new interest — a boon for channels like Mr. Moura’s that use pop culture as a gateway to far-right ideas.

The system now drives 70% of total time on the platform, the company says. As viewership skyrockets globally, YouTube is bringing in over $1bn a month, some analysts believe.</p>
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7 days ago by charlesarthur
This seems fine:
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7 days ago by dwillis
Social media companies are going to destroy the f'ing world.
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7 days ago by colinyoung
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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7 days ago by mathewi
The Interpreter Matheus Dominguez, who said YouTube was crucial to shifting his political views to the far right, recording a YouTube video in Niterói, Brazil.…
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8 days ago by theory
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8 days ago by ewout
Favorite tweet:

How YouTube radicalized Brazil. YouTube’s search and recommendation system appears to have systematically diverted users to far-right and conspiracy channels in Brazil https://t.co/RoZGe4YSyE

— Robert Went (@went1955) August 12, 2019
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8 days ago by antaldaniel
this is a whole genre
8 days ago by gnxp