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NBC | 04.19.18

As algorithms still take over, YouTube’s recommendations highlight a human problem

Becca Lewis

Data & Society Researcher Becca Lewis explains how YouTube’s algorithm is being manipulated by potential bad actors.

“Trends favored by the algorithm are quickly incorporated and uploaded by savvy creators, said Becca Lewis, a researcher at Data & Society, a nonprofit based in New York. Ultimately, if the recommendation engine is promoting conspiracy videos, YouTube incentivizes creating more of them.”

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