YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Let Toxic Videos Run Rampant

This is a pretty devastating report from Bloomberg that outlines how proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies on YouTube were sacrificed at the altar of "engagement".

In recent years, scores of people inside YouTube and Google, its owner, raised concerns about the mass of false, incendiary and toxic content that the world’s largest video site surfaced and spread. One employee wanted to flag troubling videos, which fell just short of the hate speech rules, and stop recommending them to viewers. Another wanted to track these videos in a spreadsheet to chart their popularity. A third, fretful of the spread of “alt-right” video bloggers, created an internal vertical that showed just how popular they were. Each time they got the same basic response: Don’t rock the boat.


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