Report: YouTube’s ‘alternative influence network’ breeds rightwing radicalisation

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Study blames social media site’s network of scholars, media pundits and internet celebrities who unite to promote far-right politics

YouTube provides a breeding ground for far-right radicalisation, where people interested in conservative and libertarian ideas are quickly exposed to white nationalist ones, according to a report from Data & Society.

Although YouTube’s recommendation algorithms are partly to blame, the problem is fundamentally linked to the social network of political influencers on the platform and how, like other YouTube influencers, they invite one another on to their shows.

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