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YouTube’s algorithm isn’t radicalizing people, study finds

YouTube’s algorithm isn’t radicalizing people, study finds

YouTube, one of the largest online media platforms globally, draws about a quarter of Americans for news consumption. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) YouTube, one of the largest online media platforms globally, draws about a quarter of Americans for news consumption. Concerns have surfaced in recent years regarding the potential radicalization of young Americans by highly partisan and conspiracy-driven channels on YouTube, with critics blaming the platform’s recommendation algorithm for leading users towards increasingly extreme content. Lead author Homa Hosseinmardi, an associate research scientist at CSSLab, highlights that reliance solely on YouTube’s recommendations tends to result in less partisan consumption on average. To investigate the impact of YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, researchers developed bots that either followed or disregarded recommendations, using the watch history of nearly 88,000 real users collected from October 2021 to December 2022. The study, led by Hosseinmardi and co-authors including Amir Ghasemian, Miguel Rivera-Lanas, Manoel Horta Ribeiro, Robert West, and Duncan J. Watts, aimed to unravel the intricate relationship between user preferences and the recommendation algorithm, which evolves with each video watched. These bots …

How to turn on YouTube’s hidden ambient mode (and turn it off)

How to turn on YouTube’s hidden ambient mode (and turn it off)

Everyone will have their own preferences when it comes to watching videos on YouTube, whether that’s the playback speed (up to 2x) or the video size (from full screen to mini player). One of the available viewing options that you might not know about, because it’s rather well hidden, is ambient mode. You can get to it through the YouTube interface on the web, as well as the mobile apps, and YouTube itself describes it as an “immersive” way of watching videos. It’s actually an extension of dark mode and it uses the colors in the video you’re currently watching to create a subtle wash around the edges of the video viewer. At the very least, it’s worth trying—you might find you prefer it to the regular YouTube viewing experience. Here’s how to enable or disable the feature on the web or mobile—you won’t currently find it on devices like smart TVs or streaming dongles. On the web Ambient mode adds a subtle color wash to YouTube on the web. Credit: David Nield If you’re …

How YouTube’s climate deniers turned into climate doomers

How YouTube’s climate deniers turned into climate doomers

This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here. Imagine if you could walk from your house to anywhere you needed to go in less than 15 minutes: the pharmacy, the bakery, the gym, and then back to the bakery. In a certain, conspiracy-addled corner of the internet, this urban planning concept of “15-minute cities” gets a shady, sinister gloss. Conspiracy theorists evoke COVID restrictions and tout efforts to create walkable cities as steps toward “climate lockdowns.” They warn of a plot by the World Economic Forum to restrict people’s movements, trapping and surveilling them in their neighborhoods.  “They want to take away your cars,” claims Clayton Morris, a former Fox News host, in a YouTube video that’s been viewed 1.7 million times. YouTube is riddled with false claims like these, so it’s the place to document the evolution of arguments against taking action on climate change. A new report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit based in London and Washington, D.C., working to stop the spread of disinformation, …

YouTube’s new teen safeguards limit repeated viewing of some video topics and more

YouTube’s new teen safeguards limit repeated viewing of some video topics and more

Two years after testifying before the U.S. Senate over child safety concerns, including teens’ exposure to eating disorder content, YouTube today announced additional product safeguards around its content recommendations aimed at teens. Specifically, the company said it would limit repeated recommendations of videos on topics that can trigger body image issues, like those comparing physical features or that idealize body types, certain weights, or fitness levels. Separately, it will also limit repeat viewing of videos that display “social aggression” in the form of non-contact fights or intimidation. YouTube said that some of these videos may be innocuous when viewed on their own but could become problematic when teens watch the same type of content repeatedly. And, of course, YouTube’s recommendations are driven by what content users engage with, which is why such controls are needed. The company said it will initially limit repeated viewing of these videos in the U.S. to start, with more countries to follow next year — a signal that YouTube is trying to get out ahead of proposed child safety regulations, …

YouTube’s latest features aim to help creators make more money from shoppable videos

YouTube’s latest features aim to help creators make more money from shoppable videos

Only weeks after TikTok Shop’s entry into the U.S. market, YouTube today is making it easier for consumers to shop products presented by its own creator community. The company is introducing new creator-focused features that will allow them to add timestamps to videos for their tagged products and tag their affiliate products in bulk across their video library. Combined, the additions will simplify the process of marketing products through YouTube videos and potentially increase sales, netting creators more money. YouTube has been steadily rolling out more tools for shopping from its videos for many months, having last year partnered with Shopify to allow merchants to feature their products in videos, expanded livestream shopping features, and added shopping features to YouTube Shorts, among other efforts. Now it’s experimenting with more ways to connect consumers to products creators are showcasing in their videos with the new releases. With the timestamps feature, creators will be able to make the shopping button appear at the relevant points in their video — like when they’re showing off a favorite gadget …

YouTube’s updated guidelines require channels to disclose if they are fan accounts

YouTube’s updated guidelines require channels to disclose if they are fan accounts

YouTube is making some changes to its guidelines on impersonation to require fan channels to make it obvious in their channel name or handle that they don’t represent the company or artist that their account focuses on. This updated guidelines will take effect on August 21, 2023. The company notes that channels claiming to be a fan account, but that are actually posing as another’s channel and reuploading their content, will not be allowed on the platform. In addition, channels with the same name and avatar or banner as another channel, with the only difference being a space inserted into the name or a zero replacing the letter O, will not be allowed. Users are also not allowed to set up a channel using the name and image of a person, and then post comments on other channels as if they were posted by the person. Another example of behavior that would violate this policy includes channels claiming to be a fan account in the channel description, but not stating so clearly in their channel …

YouTube’s new metric shows an artist’s reach across all formats, including Shorts

YouTube’s new metric shows an artist’s reach across all formats, including Shorts

YouTube announced today that it is expanding its Analytics for Artists tool by adding YouTube Shorts related data to the ‘Total Reach’ metric, which gives artists and their teams an overview of how their music is reaching audiences across YouTube. Prior to this expansion, the Total Reach metric only included official content uploaded by the artist and long-form videos uploaded by fans. YouTube says the new updated metric shows how many people an artist’s music is reaching across all formats. Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s Global Head of Music, said in a blog post that fan-created Shorts increased the average artist’s audience of unique viewers by more than 80% in January 2023. In addition, artists who are active on Shorts saw more than 50% of their new channel subscribers coming directly from their Shorts posts on average. The company is also launching a new “Songs” section in its Analytics tool to help artists and their teams see how fans are listening to their music or creating with it, across all video formats. In the new Songs section, …

TikTok inches further into YouTube’s territory with a new horizontal full screen mode

TikTok inches further into YouTube’s territory with a new horizontal full screen mode

TikTok is testing a new horizontal full screen mode with select users globally, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. Users who have access to the test feature will see a new “full screen” button appear on square or rectangle videos in their feed. Once you click the button, the video will shift into a horizontal full screen mode that takes advantage of all of the real estate on your phone. The test feature marks yet another way that TikTok is steadily inching into YouTube’s territory. Earlier this year, TikTok rolled out the ability for users to upload videos up to 10 minutes in length. The move was seen as a way for TikTok to attract the same sort of longer-form video creators that normally post content on YouTube. With the expansion, creators gained more flexibility to film things like cooking demos, beauty tutorials, educational content, comedy sketches and more, without having to worry too much about the video’s length. Now that TikTok has been supporting long-form content for awhile, it makes sense for the company to …