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YouTube is changing its algorithms to stop recommending conspiracies - The Washington Post
In a blog post that YouTube plans to publish Friday, the company said that it was taking a “closer look” at how it can reduce the spread of content that “comes close to — but doesn’t quite cross the line” of violating its rules. YouTube has been criticized for directing users to conspiracies and false content when they begin watching legitimate news.

The change to the company’s recommendation algorithms is the result of a six-month-long technical effort. It will be small at first — YouTube said it would apply to less than 1 percent of the content of the site — and affects only English-language videos, meaning that much unwanted content will still slip through the cracks.

The company stressed that none of the videos would be deleted from YouTube. They would still be findable for people who search for them or subscribe to conspiracy-focused channels.
konspiration  nätkritik  #youtube  offentligheten 
21 days ago by rsms
Facebook was never ephemeral, and now its Stories won’t have to be | TechCrunch
At first, the Stories war was a race, to copy functionality and invade new markets. Instagram and now Facebook making ephemerality optional for their Stories signals a second phase of the war. The core idea of broadcasting content that disappears after a day has become commoditized and institutionalized. Now the winner will be declared not as who invented Stories, but who perfected them.
july 2018 by rsms
YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund 'Authoritative' News | WIRED
According to YouTube executives, the goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users' feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences. The challenge is deciding what constitutes authority when the public seems more divided than ever on which news sources to trust—or whether to trust the traditional news industry at all.
offentligheten  nätkritik 
july 2018 by rsms
(1) Pit Schultz - there is a strange trend in social media in...
there is a strange trend in social media in increasingly orientating towards the lowest common level, and by that turning into an reincarnation of mass media. by producing formats which incentify the production of socially reproduced redundancy, with a low cognitive threshold and small ranged , image based feedback loops. the new short attention span story feature borrowed from snapchat, tested on instagram and imported to facebook, enforces the bell curve of statistical self-similarity through the selfiefication of the lives of a normative global middle class. it could be attributed to the tested principles in a number of companies with the involvement of facebooks profit manager sheryl sandberg: starbucks, mckinsey, world bank, disney, and the clinton administration. she has been recently applauded and criticized for her model of "trickle down feminism" and stands for the methods of value extraction in facebooks corporate culture.
youtube / google instead puts its focus on the expansion of 'authorative news' to serve the hand of the news hosting companies, which they as well slowly kill not only just by centralizing and portalizing news production but by taking away the ad revenue model, to offer an own paywall gateway hosted by google. in its wide news initiative google has more far reaching plans, than the mere ideology of normative optimisation from the consulting school of mckinsey. google is about the change the infrastructure of news production and turn publishing houses into advertisement partners.
the class of users which would invest into upscaling knowledge production, and free cognitive capital, these platform companies ultimately were thriving on in their phase of expansion, is thinned out this way. the smaller but relevant number of citizen journalists, long form bloggers, podcasters, feed curators and commenters, are rather punished with the absence of new and advanced power user features.
this means that strategically in the mid term facebook, google & co become intermediaries between classica
july 2018 by rsms
Tomas Hemstad: "Vad får man publicera och vem tar ansvar för det?" - Politism
I en eventuell bredare debatt om vad man väljer att publicera, och hur det urvalet sker, hoppas jag att den också ägnas åt de ”låt gå”-plattformar som helt avsagt sig sitt publicistiska, redaktionella och kuratoriska ansvar, där högerextrem press likställs med Aftonbladet, där man köpa nazist-propaganda jämte Barbapappa eller spela spel som heter White Power: Pure Voltage.
nätkritik  offentligheten 
july 2018 by rsms

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