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The Daily Beast | 12.17.18

How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right

Becca Lewis

Data & Society Researcher Becca Lewis explains the consequences of YouTube’s video recommendation algorithm.

“’In terms of YouTube’s business model and attempts to keep users engaged on their content, it makes sense what we’re seeing the algorithms do,’ Lewis said. ‘That algorithmic behavior is great if you’re looking for makeup artists and you watch one person’s content and want a bunch of other people’s advice on how to do your eye shadow. But it becomes a lot more problematic when you’re talking about political and extremist content.’”

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