Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination
A good book. Interesting and entertaining.
By Mark Bergen, a technology reporter at Bloomberg.
Published Sept 2022.
The biggest surprise was learning that YouTube’s algorithm actually kept most of Trump’s BIG LIE from getting promoted in early 2021. They were ready.
YouTube did a surprisingly good job of not promoting vaccine misinformation, as well.
You can find that stuff on YouTube, for sure. But it’s not being massively promoted for money.
As FREE enterprise, YouTube is FREE to post and promote whatever they want.
I’ve removed monetization from all my videos and websites.
If you eliminate ads and ad-driven algorithms, most social media problems disappear.
Google is a great search engine but I find YouTube to be quite lousy at listing either popular, quality, or related videos. Search for any topic you know well. Disappointing.
I spend a couple of hours most days on YouTube. No ads as I pay CAD$12 / month for YouTube Premium.
YouTube was super disorganized right from the start.
After Google bought the video site and made it #1, problems evolved as millions of “creators” devised hacks to make money off the site.
Despite all its growth and success, YouTube has been widely criticized.
Criticism of YouTube includes the website being used to facilitate the spread of misinformation, copyright issues, routine violations of its users’ privacy, enabling censorship, and endangering child safety and wellbeing. …
YouTube released a mobile app known as YouTube Kids in 2015, designed to provide an experience optimized for children. …
YouTube removed public display of dislike counts on videos in November 2021, claiming the reason for the removal was, based on its internal research, that users often used the dislike feature as a form of cyberbullying and brigading. …
… public access to YouTube is blocked in many countries, including China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan,Tajikistan, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan. …
related – Nilay Patel – Everyone knows what YouTube is — few know how it really works