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Buzzfeed | 05.17.18

How YouTube’s “Super Chat” System Is Pushing Video Creators Toward More Extreme Content

Joan Donovan

For BuzzFeed News, Data & Society Media Manipulation/Platform Accountability Research Lead Joan Donovan explains how YouTube can, unintentionally, seed extremist content.

“’When you stitch together broadcast and instant monetization, you get a behavior pattern that moves more and more toward extremes,’ said Joan Donovan, a researcher with Data & Society, a think tank studying the social effects of new technologies.

Donovan said YouTube’s moderation tools, which are well-suited for detecting things like nudity, are insufficient for monitoring hours-long livestreams and their accompanying live chats.”

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