How does YouTube handle fake news in times of pandemic?

YouTube has a reputation for not only recommending serious content but also for spreading fake news. Did the behaviour of its algorithms get worse during the pandemic? Or better?

A new study, “Recommendations in Times of Crisis – What Content is Made Visible by YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithms?”, sheds light on the current state of affairs. It will be presented live by the local Berlin TV station Alex on February 24, 2021, 4 pm (German time).

During the comprehensive discussion and interview program, Joachim Allgaier, professor at the Hochschule Fulda (formerly RWTH Aachen), will present his results. The study had been commissioned by, among others, the Senate Chancellery of the federal state of Berlin, and carried out by the RWTH Aachen University.

Update on 17 March 2021: The German Media Policy Lab summarizes the study (in German language), offers a download link to access the study, links to a press release and shows the video recording of the event. Click here: (Des-)Information auf Empfehlung? Studie untersucht den Empfehlungsalgorithmus von YouTube

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