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The Damn YouTube Algorithm


Seriously, how do I keep getting right wing video recommendations after a few videos? Watched a video on basketball then I got a bunch of videos bitching about the female athletes by right wing nutcases.

It used to be much worse. There was a time when I’d watch a reaction video and then my recommendations would be trash forever. I had to deactivate watch history or else it would always be garbage. I think I’ll shift to downloading videos upfront instead and searching whenever I need to look up how to do something.

All this said, there isn’t much evidence on this right now. Partly because of all the variables that go into radicalization and part because YouTube won’t share their data.