The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

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.

The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

The New App Gem Takes a Unique Approach to News Recommendations

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.

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

YouTube Is Giving You More Control Over Video Recommendations

YouTube will also start disclosing to iOS users the reason a video was recommended to them, like how Facebook tells you why you saw a specific advertisement or post in your News Feed.

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

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.

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

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.

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

If you’re someone who seeks out graphic images of self-harm, or even if you just follow users who candidly talk about their depression, these recommendation systems will fill your feeds with suggestions, reshaping how you experience your own mental health.