In the case of the pedophile scandal, YouTube's AI was actively recommending suggestive videos of children to users who were most likely to engage with those videos. The feedback loop works like this: (1) People who spend more time on the platforms have a greater impact on recommendation systems.
Escape Crappy News Recommendation Algorithms With the Gem App. Elena Lacey; Getty Images. Boldizsar quit Calm and began working on an app that would deliver the news with a more useful algorithm. Gem still recommends news articles algorithmically—including a daily “gem,” the article you're most likely to enjoy.
The spokesperson said Facebook’s and Instagram’s approaches to misleading posts differ in part because Instagram lacks a re-share button and the content users see in their Instagram feeds comes solely from accounts they have chosen to follow, unlike on Facebook.
Guillaume Chaslot, who previously worked on recommendations at YouTube but now works to document their flaws , says those problems stem from companies designing systems designed primarily to maximize the time users spend on their services.