Why YouTube Boosted Conspiracy Theory Videos In The Wake Of The Parkland Shooting | Mach | NBC News

August 11, 2020 By

YouTube’s recommendation algorithm has come under scrutiny before, but the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, launched a fresh spate of criticism. Following the shooting, the number one trending video on the platform was a clip claiming one of the survivors was an actor. YouTube eventually removed the video, saying it had been misclassified by the company’s systems, and that YouTube would make efforts to fix the larger issues. But the controversy highlights the much larger issues of both information and truth.
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Why YouTube Boosted Conspiracy Theory Videos In The Wake Of The Parkland Shooting | Mach | NBC News


42 Comments on "Why YouTube Boosted Conspiracy Theory Videos In The Wake Of The Parkland Shooting | Mach | NBC News"

  1. wonae's entertainment
    August 11, 2020

    Is youtube in the illuminate

  2. Cyber Pleb
    August 11, 2020

    If you search "what shape is the Earth" and your number one response is "flat" something is wrong with your search engine. A search engine should return factual, well-supported, peer-reviewed information. If it does not, the algorithm needs to be fixed. That is all that's happening here. Of course conspiritards will label it a conspiracy.

  3. Soulsphere001
    August 11, 2020

    I'm not sure if people are just trolling or the people leaving comments actually believe in these conspiracies. Though it's probably a little of both. But conspiracy nuts will believe anything, so long as it's ridiculous.

    EDIT: Athough while I'm against conspiracy nonsense, I'm also not sure it's a good idea to ban fake news either. Granted, people are lazy and will believe it because they're either too lazy to look into it or because they want to believe it, but eventually the truth usually wins out in the end. Or at least, I hope it will.

  4. J Mich
    August 11, 2020

    NBC is Jewish news

  5. Speak Life
    August 11, 2020

    Hilarious you shills never stop ....YouTube doesn’t promote them they DELETE THEM LOL

  6. Philip Cooper
    August 11, 2020


  7. Philip Cooper
    August 11, 2020


    August 11, 2020

    it was over at parkland, now we get FAKE COVID

  9. MaceFiend
    August 11, 2020

    So like this happened and i was like ooooo next couple years its here. Then bam. Imagine the conspiracy videos that would be floating around now... Weird that we've had similar viruses happen within 10 years with CFR on both low and high extremes and every country seemed to drop the ball this time. Either way... like wash your hands and use toilet paper or whatever... amirite? do i care? No. It doesn't matter. Be kind.... End of the day... That's all you got. Pay attention in general. To as much as you can. I'm not a conspiracy dude. But if I was.... I'd be trippin. And people might get a little extra. They will....

  10. Sissy Ray Self
    August 11, 2020

    Ok.. who's to say that the conspiracy theories are theories? They could be very true and who's to say we don't want to know about them? Who said YouTube is supposed to be a gatekeeper controller of information and so called truth vs. so called conspiracy?

  11. 1 7
    August 11, 2020

    Kobe Conspiracy....

  12. Dating Fighter
    August 11, 2020

    Something big is about to happen and they need YouTube and other sources under control to keep the sheep in check.

  13. Enigma Productions
    August 11, 2020

    conspiracy videos ruined my life from 2007-2013 so I'm glad youtube is taking drastic measures

  14. In between space and time
    August 11, 2020

    YouTube is keeping the ridiculous conspiracy theories and throwing out the legitimate one's.

  15. Ty Garrett
    August 11, 2020

    Yes it's YouTube fault 🤦🏽‍♂️

  16. youtube is hiding the truth

  17. harakiri_ blue
    August 11, 2020


  18. Ammo150
    August 11, 2020

    YouTube removed all the Illuminati videos. They are afraid. But it’s to late. We already know

  19. Michael Wooda
    August 11, 2020

    What systems does YouTube and Google have in place to allow truth squeeze through to the public when the. Mainstream lies to us?
    Seems to me, the controlling minority has finally found a way to screen out the unwanted news, and opinions that don't help their agenda.

  20. Karen Herrington
    August 11, 2020

    David Hogg is an actor

  21. Mr G Italiano
    August 11, 2020

    We don't trust you people

  22. Blotted
    August 11, 2020


  23. Yogi Beez
    August 11, 2020

    I just put in "crisis actors" the top 10 are from a year ago lolololol

  24. DiamondRocks22
    August 11, 2020

    Flat earth is now censored in search’s

  25. Zaphod Beeblebrox
    August 11, 2020

    No point in subscribing to this pile of toxic waste. 😝
    I only stopped by, to let you know what real Americans think of you.

  26. Zaphod Beeblebrox
    August 11, 2020

    Yeah, NBC would never cover up truth. Nahh. Just another CIA controlled state run propaganda outlet, emitting the scripted narrative, just like the old Soviet news agencies. Coincidence? I think not.

  27. Phantasm
    August 11, 2020

    News channels are full of it.

  28. The Social Experience
    August 11, 2020

    I like how you used the pyramid and the one eye.

  29. Nubia: The Black State
    August 11, 2020

    If they're not true you all have nothing to worry about 👌🏽

  30. AntManGunner Gaming
    August 11, 2020

    If YouTube's working on ake news channels hiw is buzzfeed still going

  31. Dallas Lashmet
    August 11, 2020

    This video is dumb. Trade the algorithm 'you' want to hear for the one 'they' want you to hear.

  32. Dallas Lashmet
    August 11, 2020

    ' They chose the truth '

  33. David Darden
    August 11, 2020

    I want to watch conspiracy videos. I like watching them. I hear all the different theories and then I can either decide what my opinion is based on my thoughts about all the theories or I can just hear all the theories and make no decisions.... just keep an open mind and move on. I dont want someone managing what theories I get to hear. I should get to decide on my own.

  34. Alexander Simic
    August 11, 2020

    Fake news talking about fake news...

  35. no no
    August 11, 2020

    Censorship leads to more soon all we will have is the msm conspiracy theorists/fake news/propaganda.

  36. Saved or Slaved
    August 11, 2020

    You Tube sucks !!!!

  37. Alexis Delgado
    August 11, 2020


  38. Mystic
    August 11, 2020

    Don't blame the algorithms. They were working.

  39. GHoST HacKeR anon
    August 11, 2020

    #dontletyoutubetakedownUFOinvestigationchannels. help us spread the message

  40. GHoST HacKeR anon
    August 11, 2020

    We shall protest about this this is not right

  41. GHoST HacKeR anon
    August 11, 2020

    They can't take away those videos it's basically are First Amendment right

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