Mozilla is sharing YouTube horror stories to prod Google for more transparency

CNET | 10/14/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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Mozilla is publishing anecdotes of YouTube viewing gone awry -- anonymous stories from people who say they innocently searched one thing but eventually ended up in a dark rabbit hole of videos. It's a campaign aimed at pressuring Google's massive video site to make itself more accessible to independent researchers trying to study its algorithms.

YouTube didn't respond to a message seeking comment.

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"The big problem is we have no idea what is happening on YouTube," said Guillaume Chaslot, who is a fellow at Mozilla, a nonprofit best known for its unit that makes and operates the Firefox web browser.

Chaslot is an ex-YouTube engineer who has investigated the video site's recommendation technology from the outside after he left the company in 2013. "We can see that there are problems, but we have no idea if the problem is from people being people or from algorithms," he said.

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