In one particularly disturbing example, YouTube’s algorithm encouraged pedophiles to watch home videos of children and it’s come to light that pedophiles were using YouTube comment sections to organize their activities.
YouTube says the options are based on existing personalized suggestions, but may also be related to a video you’re currently watching, or similar videos published by that channel.
Against that backdrop, the video platform announced it’s going to start giving users greater control over what content pops up on their homepage and Up Next videos.
It’s been caught mixing up inappropriate videos featuring popular kid’s entertainment characters, pushing home videos of children to pedophiles, and even radicalizing youths toward extremist politics.
The second change is you’ll be able to remove suggestions for channels you have zero interest in watching by tapping the three-dot menu and selecting “Don’t recommend channel. ” Most interesting is YouTube’s third change.
First, users will be able to explore topics and related videos if they scroll up on the homepage and when browsing Up Next videos.