I had to open a youtube video for moderation purposes.

The video was calling trans people mentally ill - if you ever post something like this on this instance you're banned, it's against my terms of service.

I opened that video in a browser that I don't normally use and in that browser now I'm getting a bunch of hateful stuff recommended, UKIP fringe shit and Fox news trashtalking trans people.

It was ONE fucking video. And people are wondering how Youtube is radicalizing others. This is how.


I got a Fox news video with Tucker Carlson recommended to me once, I clicked on it out of curiosity -- predictably it was total garbage. After I gave dislike I haven't seen video recommendation like that.

I suspect that watching the video and not giving feedback is considered as 'positive engagement'. The extremist right has found a way to exploit the algorithm and Youtube does nothing about it.

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