Have you fallen down a YouTube rabbit hole? Good Luck Dating – Study Shows “Dislike” Does NOT Work

If you’ve ever searched for something harmless on YouTube but found yourself down a rabbit hole of extreme or nasty content, then you know the frustrations of the platform’s algorithms.

A new report from Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the Firefox browser, shows that YouTube’s in-app controls, including the ‘dislike’ button and ‘not interested’ feature “, are ineffective.

The researchers used data collected from RegretsReporter, which is its browser extension that allows people to “donate” their recommendation data for use in studies.

The report is based on over 567 million videos from 22,722 total users and covers a period from December 2021 to June 2022.

If you’ve ever searched for something harmless on YouTube but found yourself down a rabbit hole of extreme or nasty content, then you know the frustrations of the platform’s algorithms.

A new report from Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the Firefox browser, shows that YouTube's in-app controls, including the button

A new report from Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the Firefox browser, shows that YouTube’s in-app controls, including the ‘dislike’ button and ‘not interested’ feature “, are ineffective

Of the four main controls Mozilla tested, only “don’t recommend from channel” was effective – it prevented 43% of unwanted recommendations. However, the “dislike” button and the “not interested” feature were of little use, preventing only 12 and 11 percent of unwanted suggestions.

A number of participants who volunteered to share their opinions in a survey with Mozilla told the non-profit that they often went to great lengths to avoid the unwanted content that YouTube’s algorithms kept picking up. show them.

At least 78.3% of survey participants said they had used YouTube’s existing feedback tools and/or changed platform settings. More than a third of participants said using YouTube’s commands didn’t change their recommendations at all.

“Nothing has changed,” said one survey participant. “Sometimes I would report things like misleading and spamming and the next day it was back. I almost feel like the higher the negative feedback I provide to their suggestions, the higher the bull mountain. Even when you block certain sources, they eventually come back.

The report is based on over 567 million videos from 22,722 total users and covers a period from December 2021 to June 2022.

The report is based on over 567 million videos from 22,722 total users and covers a period from December 2021 to June 2022.

Mozilla also found that some users viewed graphic content, guns, or hate speech, in violation of YouTube's own content policies, despite submitting negative comments using the tools. of the company.

Mozilla also found that some users viewed graphic content, guns, or hate speech, in violation of YouTube’s own content policies, despite submitting negative comments using the tools. of the company.

Another participant said the algorithm changed in response to their actions, but not in a good way.

“Yes, they have changed, but in the wrong way. Somehow I feel punished for proactively trying to change the behavior of the algorithm. In some ways, less interaction provides less data on which to base recommendations.

Mozilla also found that some users were shown graphic content, guns, or hate speech, in violation of YouTube’s own content policies, despite submitting negative comments using the business tools.

Researchers determined that YouTube’s user controls left viewers confused, frustrated, and out of control of their experience on the popular platform.

“People think that using YouTube’s user controls doesn’t change their recommendations in any way. We’ve learned that many people take a trial-and-error approach to controlling their recommendations, with limited success,” said the report you are

“YouTube’s user controls are inadequate to prevent unwanted recommendations. We have determined that YouTube’s user controls influence what is recommended, but this effect is negligible and most unwanted videos still slip through.

DailyMail.com has reached out to YouTube for comment and will update this story as needed. Mozilla recommends a number of changes to how the Platform’s user controls work to improve them for users.

For example, tools should use plain language to indicate exactly what action is being taken. So instead of “I don’t like this recommendation”, it should say “Block future recommendations on this topic”.

“YouTube should make major changes to how people can shape and control their recommendations on the platform. YouTube should respect the feedback users share about their experience, treating them as meaningful signals about how people want to spend their time on the platform,” the nonprofit states in the report’s conclusion.

“YouTube should overhaul its ineffective user controls and replace them with a system in which people’s satisfaction and well-being are treated as the most important signals.”

“YouTube should overhaul its ineffective user controls and replace them with a system in which people’s satisfaction and well-being are treated as the most important signals”