Author Topic: Insidiousness of Alt-Right Recruitment  (Read 335 times)

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Offline wilber

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Re: Insidiousness of Alt-Right Recruitment
« Reply #45 on: December 11, 2019, 07:23:12 pm »
youtube is not the guy driving the truck, they are the leasing company.

It's their platform, their software, they have to bear some responsibility for the content. If they aren't, not form of media is. It's like a newspaper saying we aren't responsible for any content that appears in our paper that we didn't produce ourselves. We only supply the paper and distribute it.
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Offline Granny

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Re: Insidiousness of Alt-Right Recruitment
« Reply #46 on: December 11, 2019, 08:12:36 pm »
It's their platform, their software, they have to bear some responsibility for the content. If they aren't, not form of media is. It's like a newspaper saying we aren't responsible for any content that appears in our paper that we didn't produce ourselves. We only supply the paper and distribute it.

Analogies with traditional media just don't capture the broad reach and accessibility of the internet.
It isn't just what's posted that's a problem. It's the algorithms that drive readers to more extremist propaganda, and then feed them a steady diet of material - eg, of anti-Muslim and/or white supremacist hate propaganda, all exaggeration, fabrication, memes lacking in context or sources - that are very frightening to uninformed people who share it widely to warn others, make others fearful, angry, anxious.

Those algorithms are the responsibility of the platform. They make money from click bait.
That's where we should be directing concerns, I think.

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Re: Insidiousness of Alt-Right Recruitment
« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2019, 03:50:55 pm »
We are at a point where algorithms are making decisions that should be made by humans. People can be banned from driving for or using things like UBER simply because of feedback interpreted by an algorithm, with no human appeal. People are now working for algorithms instead of real humans and this is a trend which should be scaring people.
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