Study suggests YouTube’s dislike button isn’t doing what you want it to do


A new study from Firefox developer Mozilla suggests that YouTube’s video moderation tools are ineffective as the website will continue to recommend videos you aren’t interested in.

The way it’s supposed to work is that users have several tools to teach YouTube’s enigmatic algorithm what they don’t want to watch. You have options like the Dislike button, the Don’t Recommend Channel option, and the ability to remove videos from your account’s history. But according to Mozilla’s study (opens in new tab), users still get these “bad recommendations.” At best, YouTube’s tools cut down unwanted videos by almost half. At its worst, YouTube does the opposite: it increases the number of unwanted videos you’ll see.

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