New York (The Verge) — Mozilla wants to use people’s stories to shame YouTube into being better theverge.com/2019/9/12/2086….
Mozilla is trying to shame YouTube into doing more to fix its numerous recommendation algorithm issues, many of which can lead users down dangerous content spirals, through a new social campaign called #YouTubeRegrets
With a new social media campaign called #YouTubeRegrets, Mozilla is asking people to submit their own experiences of falling down the recommendation rabbit hole, and discuss how they got from point A to point B. Everything is done through a Google Doc, which includes a little more information about the project.
YouTube has been accused by tech critics, reporters, and academics of not taking enough action to fix its recommendation algorithm. Concerns over how younger YouTube users, including children, teenagers, and young adults, access content on the site have led to company executives, including CEO Susan Wojcicki and chief product officer Neal Mohan, speaking out about the company’s responsibility when it comes to recommending the most authoritative videos on most subjects. Still, countless reports have discovered that people are easily and effortlessly drawn into a network of harmful content, which YouTube often describes as borderline (meaning it doesn’t warrant being removed, but is less likely to be recommended). — Julia Alexander/@verge