Jonjonz wrote on Jul 1, 2020, 06:50:
The way YouTubes recommendations work, if you view a balanced factual video about the holocaust, YouTube eventually starts recommending holocaust deniers and white supremist/nazi leaning videos.
I think 230 was a stupid idea. Anyone or anything that is disseminating hate speech or calls to violent action should be held accountable. 230 is chaos.
YouTube added 'alternative' content to the 'recommendations' to avoid echo chambers, but that's only deployed in the last couple years (!).
Beamer wrote on Jul 1, 2020, 09:10:
I think it would kill YouTube. And pretty much all of the internet. Whether you prefer Reddit or Voat, Facebook or Parler, there's no way to check the literal billions of things that go up every hour. 300 hours of YouTube content is uploaded every minute.
I think that they need to be significantly more on the ball to delete things that get reported, but don't think you can have them proactively monitoring, which they'd need to do in order to be accountable.
Or, think of it this way - should Blue be held accountable because Quinn said that it's ok to sexually harass women at work on this site?
The Internet with social platforms has cranked up the 'speed' at which the populous moves towards ideologies. There is so much existing content and thriving online communities, that anyone can fall, rapidly, face first into any
subject without getting up from the chair. That simply wasn't the case 20 years ago.
I'm not a Steve Jobs fan, but he was a brilliant communicator:
I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.
And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds. -Steve Jobs
There are brilliant minds over at Alphabet, Facebook, Apple, etc, and they are building better and better "bicycles", and you may think 'Oh dude I can go ANYWHERE!'... except, core to its design, it's main purpose is to keep you pedalling. It makes sense to ask the bike maker to also provide a map of all the roads to go on, but is blocking off dangerous pathways really their responsibility? What is 'too dangerous' for my mind, and how will a corporation determine that? Capitalism, aka, money. And it's done wonders for US political system...
I suppose the silver lining with the speed we've gained with these bicycles, is that failures within this laissez-faire tech industry should occur more quickly. Theoretically, reducing the harm. But with monopolies already formed and plenty of ways for small players to make a quick, dishonest buck, I have my doubts.