YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant
BUSINESS · TECH · MEDIA
April 2, 201919 min read3725 words
Published: April 2, 2019  |  19 min read3725 words
A year ago, Susan Wojcicki was on stage to defend YouTube. Her company, hammered for months for fueling falsehoods online, was reeling from another flare-up involving a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that suggested the victims were “crisi...
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This fine news report goes behind the scenes to expose YouTube's failure to filter content on their site. It provides ample factual evidence from multiple sources, presented fairly from diverse viewpoints, to tell the story of Google's systematic inability to solve their problem. This article does a good job to inform the public about the scope of the challenge we face to restrain the spread of misinformation on crowdsourced platforms with no real oversight. It also invites discussions about how to fix a broken system that is the result of an immoral business model hell bent on monetizing people's attention, at any cost. On the whole, Google's executives and shareholders have failed to take real responsibility for the damage they keep inflicting on society.
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Quotes from spokeswoman and paragraphs about reaching out to YouTube/Google/Alphabet execs come at the top of the story, which lets the reader know the reporter did his due diligence. The quotes from employees complement Bergen's narrative well and he frames YouTube's fascination with clicks and views expertly. There are lots of excellent, well-sourced details that emphasize YouTube's inaction.
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April 6, 2019
This article is rich in context and quotes from YouTube employees. It does a great job recapping the last ten years of YouTube's growth and content moderation troubles. Author Mark Bergen remains objective throughout the piece, never taking cheap shots at the tech platform. Instead, he simply presents the facts and views of both sides, letting readers decide for themselves.
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An engaging article with in depth information about Youtube's battle between maximizing views and limiting false/ inappropriate videos.
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Lengthy but incredibly detailed and contextual piece about YouTube's executive decisions around engagement and toxic content. The quotes and chronological format of the article make it a must-read for understanding YouTube's actions.
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