New Study: The Role of Social Media Algorithms in the Radicalization Process

Article Source: Science

Article Source: Science

  • A recent study finds that exposure to alternative and extremist YouTube videos happens among users who already hold resentful attitudes about race and gender and seek out this content via channel subscriptions and referrals from other sites, rather than through algorithmic recommendations.
  • Social media’s role in extremist radicalization is complex, with algorithms rarely recommending extremist content, but the platforms remain tools for those who hold extremist beliefs.
  • YouTube’s recommendation algorithms have been criticized for surfacing hate speech, misinformation, hoaxes, and conspiracies, leading to concerns about radicalization.  Read More

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