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do they stand a chance for. security an idea. that mike and i need to stand up. and contribute to something important that she. starts september 2nd on g.w. . burke is a lizard man we're being poisoned by can trace that aircraft leave behind and german chancellor angela merkel is hitlist secret daughter social media is full of conspiracy theories like these and many videos supporting them figure prominently on the net why is that and how does social media help to promote conspiracy theories i want topic this time.
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does this happen to you the author play featured on you tube plays a strange video which seems to fit with what you've just see you don't know whether to be irritated all fascinated but you keep on watching so when you find yourself sucked into a parallel universe of alternative beliefs videos on conspiracy theories seem to do quite well on you tube and for some of us at least it's algorithm keeps recommending more and more of them they can be disturbing but it's hard to look away so let's take a closer look at the world of conspiracy theorists. reptilians the illuminati or aliens conspiracy theories often postulate that the world is controlled by a small group of strange elites that harm ordinary folks but luckily there's you 2 were evil doers bent on world domination and just. here. top 3 conspiracy
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theories. number one the moon landing is a myth. july 20th will mark the 50th anniversary of apollo 11 landing on the moon. but many conspiracy theorists are firmly convinced that no astronaut ever laid a foot on the lunar surface. they claim that the u.s. government staged the 1st moon walk in a film studio as a show of american power and to prove nasa is capability. the alleged proof there are no stars in the lunar sky because the pics were shot in front of a black screen. and the flag looks to be flapping though there's no breeze on the moon dubious evidence for this supposed hoax is everywhere on the internet. number 2 the earth is a disk or at least that's what flat earth is believed in the us they often hold conferences to compare notes flat earth there's thing our world is
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a disk some even say there's an ice wall around its edge which they claim is antarctica there prove access to the antarctic is restricted to certain people. how's that for logic. number 3 trails are poisoning us. trails of condensation or contrails in their wake but conspiracy theorists believe that these white line shaped clouds are really chemicals which have been sprayed into the atmosphere to sedate or even worse poison them and who's behind it they say it's a powerful and invisible of the. 3 examples of conspiracy theories that remain popular even though they have been repeatedly scientifically. when it comes to communication the internet of us both opportunities and risks it allows us to exchange information quickly and easily everyone has a voice but in many bad forms no one checks the validity of the content that's
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called fact checking so the web is also full of mis information online even the craziest concepts find an audience but why videos that spread the crudest conspiracy theories so popular on you tube is it because the platforms users are especially interested in them and why do they keep on turning up in my feet i certainly haven't been searching for them french i t specialist used to help program you tube's algorithm today he's one of the platforms most vocal critics he reveals by provocative content always ranks high on social media jager ism is never going to try to find the best. videos that demonstrate that the us is wrong in fake minutes because that would be a total failure from the point of view of the egg recent days no fair algorithm i mean it's it's a myth and then goes and comes to share and i grissom is going to have one goal
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only it's going to go for the school and right now the goal is to make a you tube. as. the guest possible. with if you use all other social media the algorithm is programmed to fascinate teams will be a means to keep uses on the sunny for as long as possible. the more polarizing the content the more 1900 that uses will sneak glued to their screens for instance tattersall's theory is just extremely good base you know yours whereas like some very solid scientific explanation that's less of a click bait that and we'll be considered bad because it makes basically less money for. for you through ball facebook. and other social media and then money through advertising and the more uses of us sites content the more companies can challenge for space and long with the view counted and interaction rate watch time is
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a decisive criterion which algorithms used to select content since. with beppo new rising content and often strange ideas conspiracy theory videos generate lots of watch time very crazy faking for missions are really good because you're like is that true you want to know so you click on your trade to look for bit to see if it's true or not and even if you click on new look fall like 5 minutes on the site over and over this resource completely. then he agrees and missed still going to consider that as a success. that's a fanfic you tube's algorithm isn't program to deliver valuable information its goal is to keep me on the side for as long as possible because you tube isn't just a video platform it's also an advertiser stream the more clips i look at the more as they can show me so the algorithms goal is to maximize watch time as programs so
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that the next video will be even cooler and more exciting than the last so of course i want to stay tuned it's addictive a bit like eating potato chips though at some point the bag of chips is empty whereas with you there's always another video up next. people watch more than $4000000.00 videos every minute and every minute more than 400 hours of content is uploaded onto the platform no wonder fans of conspiracy theories can find plenty of proof to support their ideas but you don't have to go hunting for these videos they're also shown to users who seem like they might be open to them. social media can really read the minds of their users thanks to the masses of personal data available to them. so they also know which people are most susceptible to watching content involving conspiracy theories. is going to find the
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most vulnerable people on try to brainwash them with a conspiracy between be like they we see like on the roads of times a conspiracy so after some time did you start to believe the test to be true because i got $200.00 recommendations on the letters maybe it's true. psychologists say people who believe conspiracy theories are looking for simple answers about how the world works they often believe it's controlled by an all powerful force and on the net no one's making sure they're not being fed deliberate gives information we've seen that it's conspiracy theories on the rise in and in many countries on tape vixen conspiracies like people taking back scenes now people are dying from lack of vaccination in europe. so we see that this says very serious issues. and it's a serious issue with real life consequences for example measles is on the rise in
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many places because many people are refusing to vaccinate and measles is a very contagious disease and can cause disability or even death and have access believe that scenes holds a health risk they find lots of reinforcement for their beliefs on you tube thanks to its algorithm. a recent study found that anti vax theories disseminated by fewer than 20 you tube channels reached more that 170000000 people in the past decade you tube's algorithm promotes the dissemination of controversial videos extreme content delivers watch time and that brings revenue google's parent company alphabet doesn't publicize how much money you've makes but analysts estimate it raked in some 13000000000 euros in 2018 that's a lot of cash but wasn't google's old model don't be evil so if the company wanted to stop the spread of conspiracy theories could it can you program algorithms to push informative content instead do you believe it can be done you could closely
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every chorus of the felt you made was facts so as as soon as there would be a public awareness thinking of it we can't continue we said here is a recommending a. false statement like that because it's just going to be a disaster for society as are all running. as soon as they sevens as soon as people are willing to use a turn or to use on reading to pay for the genitives then you can easily technically you can easily build the systems. the platform operators are more interested in providing clean and providing factual information scientific facts often aren't as entertaining but conspiracy theories attract attention and get plenty of use in spite of the often terrible events they show mines and 911 terrorist attacks. to this day some people still believe that the us government was behind the attacks on the world trade center they claim the twin towers went
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brought down by hijacked planes but were blown up instant. refuses to delete such controversial videos even though they contain paid to me false information instead. the platform operators plan to display takes from wikipedia article is a long sign him. doesn't believe this approach will do much to help and once i get a very engaging very exciting video content that's going to convince your something on the other side you have like this boring wiki page article you don't know wrote it. so you start thinking it's going to be less efficient never mind the fact that we could pedia isn't always the most reliable source of information the social media algorithms field what we see and what we don't so we have to be aware that algorithms neutral there are a means to an end and for you tube that end is to make money that's what most
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companies want but they also have a duty to their users and should play by the rules we also need to think about how to combat misinformation and hate content effectively and personally i'd like companies to be more transparent about how their algorithms work as users we must understand that not everything on the net can be taken as the gospel truth. should be put pressure on owners to take responsibility for the content on their platforms do we need to regulate the programming of algorithms join the discussion on d.w. dot com on facebook and on our you tube channel there you'll also find a detail explain about how you tube's algorithm works i and still next time.
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