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YouTube takes strict stance against conspiracy videos with new algorithm

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:27 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 22:43

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube published a blog post on January 25 that revealed their new method to shutting down conspiracy content on the platform – by limiting recommendations.

In the blog post, YouTube took a hard stance against such videos that deny historical events, promote “miracle cures” for major illnesses, and make false claims about scientific evidence (a la flat-earthers).

YouTube admitted that, while such content doesn’t violate their community guidelines, it could spread harmful misinformation to users across the site, thus prompting direct action.

YouTubeYouTube is taking a strict stance toward conspiracy content on its platform, introducing a new algorithm to prevent recommendations of such videos.
https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/01/continuing-our-work-to-improve.html

“…we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways,” YouTube said of the issue. “…we believe that limiting the recommendation of these types of videos will mean a better experience for the YouTube community.”

YouTube went on to claim that their algorithm will affect less than one percent of content across the site, and will not remove the offending videos completely.

Movieweb.comYouTube’s new algorithm will reduce recommendations for videos that promote “conspiracy content” on the site.
https://movieweb.com/youtube-shooter-dead-california-4-wounded-victims/

Additionally, YouTube revealed that their upcoming algorithm relies on both machine learning and actual employees, who are trained using the site’s guidelines and “critical input.”

YouTube is set to roll out this change “gradually,” with the algorithm being introduced to countries outside the US as the system becomes more accurate over time.

YouTube’s latest response to conspiracy videos follows a string of scams across the platform, where major content creators were being impersonated by scammers who sent messages to fans with the promise of exclusive giveaways. 

YouTube has since replied to concern over the issue, claiming that they are amping up security measures to prevent such impersonations.

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Logan Paul wants to fight NHL pro Evander Kane after challenging Jake

Published: 2/Dec/2020 17:20

by Michael Gwilliam

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YouTube sensation Logan Paul responded to a boxing challenge NHL pro Evander Kane issued to his brother, Jake, during the Impaulsive podcast.

Right after Jake scored a stunning knockout on former basketball player Nate Robinson, the San Jose Sharks left-winger sent a challenge Paul’s way, claiming he’s easy, get ‘wrecked.’

Now, one of the Paul brothers has seemingly accepted the challenge, but it wasn’t the one who Kane was expecting.

“San Jose Sharks? What is that exactly? Some sort of fish or aquatic animal who lives in San Jose?” Logan joked and read Kane’s original tweet. (Segment begins at 33:28)

 

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“Put him on a list,” he remarked. “Does Jake Paul vs Evander Kane, is that a headline fight? How many buys does that get?”

While Jake’s last fight was on the undercard for Mike Tyson’s boxing return against Roy Jones JR, some could argue that Paul stole the show with his huge knockout that went viral on social media. It’s unclear if Kane would have the same star power as Robinson.

The podcast members agreed that the fight wouldn’t exactly be worthy of a headliner, but Logan Paul had an idea.

“Or does he just do it because he will get another fantastic f**king knockout? Is he even active?” Logan asked, inquiring about if Kane was still playing in the NHL. “Okay, so when is he going to train boxing? We’ll go through it again. I’ll put a quarter-million down this time.”

With Logan Paul down to step into the ring against Kane, all that was needed was a response by the forward, who wasted no time in accepting the invitation.

In a short eight-second video tweet, the Sharks player accepted the challenge quite confidently.

“Logan Paul, I’ll take the mop off your head and wipe the floor with you,” he said and proceeded to tag the YouTuber in the reply.

It’s unclear when or if this fight actually goes down, especially with Kane being active in the NHL, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. The NHL season is set to begin on January 1 at the earliest, but hopefully, the two can arrange for a fight in the following off-season.