YouTube viewers to help uncover how users are sent to harmful videos

YouTube viewers to help uncover how users are sent to harmful videos

Alex Hern 17/09/2020

Extension on Firefox browser will allow users to record information about videos recommended by site

YouTube viewers are being asked to become “watchdogs” and record their use of the site to help uncover the ways in which its recommendation algorithm can lead to online radicalisation.

Mozilla, the non-profit behind the Firefox web browser, has produced a new browser extension, called RegretsReporter, which will allow YouTube users to record and upload information about harmful videos recommended by the site, as well as the route they took to get there.

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