Google’s YouTube is still recommending extremist and white supremacist videos to viewers already susceptible to racial hatred, a new report found.
Though the nation’s most popular social media platform has removed large amounts of extremist content under political pressure, exposure to harmful videos is still common, and users who view extremist videos are still being recommended new clips in the same vein, according to a national study that ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) released Friday, an advance copy of which was shared exclusively with U.S. TODAY.
One in 10 study participants viewed at least one video from an extremist channel and 2 in 10 viewed at least one video from an “alternative” channel, according to the study, which examined the viewing habits of 915 respondents. The study’s authors defined extremist and alternative by drawing from published research on online radicalization.
The mainculprit? YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. When users