Nov 4, 2020

I School Research Shows YouTube’s Algorithm Change Successfully Curbed Misinformation Ahead of the Election

From Business Insider

YouTube's algorithm change successfully curbed misinformation ahead of the election — and boosted Fox News at the same time, new research has found

By Isobel Asher Hamilton

New data analysis suggests that changes to data analysis suggests that changes to YouTube's recommendation algorithm that were designed to curb misinformation gave Fox News' videos a big boost.

Researchers found the YouTube's changes, rolled out in 2019, meant the platform recommended fewer fringe channels peddling conspiracy theories in the run-up to this year's election than in 2016. 

The research, first reported by The New York Times, was conducted by researchers Guillaume Chaslot, Marc Faddoul, and Hany Farid. Chaslot is a former Google engineer who worked on the YouTube recommendation algorithm; Faddoul is an AI researcher at UC Berkeley [School of Information], where Farid is a digital forensics professor.


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November 10, 2020