Youtube says that it has not discovered any evidence of interference from Russia during the Brexit vote of the United Kingdom in 2016. However, according to The Guardian, members of parliament are not satisfied and are requesting the video network to study clips that are of Russian origin, not just the ads. For the part of the company, YouTube says that it will perform a more comprehensive review o the matter.
“There is no constraint on the resources we will put into getting this right,” said Juniper Downs, the global head of public policy of YouTube. The video wing of Google has around 10,000 people that examine and filter offensive videos and is consuming a boatload of cash (“tens of millions”) on the said effort — which a member of the parliament estimates to be about 0.1 percent of the $10 billion in ad revenue of YouTube.
The sticking point for Parliament was the auto-play feature of YouTube that queues the successive videos on the video platform. A new investigation by The Guardian discovered that the algorithm that was used favoured “extreme and sensationalist” videos and that YouTube was six-times more inclined to present pro-Trump clips than not.
That is presumably based on what the viewer “wants to see” and how long a person has been watching. Downs stated that the people watch what they want to, and putting videos that are not wanted by the user results in the “abandonment of the service” when the service does so. “It’s hard to insert something they don’t want,” stated Downs. “The press coverage over the past week shows that we still have work to do,” she conceded after mentioning the moves of Facebook to link out to trustworthy sources of news for context.
This follows a report of Twitter from last night that 49 Russian accounts attempted to sway Brexit voters approximately two years ago. Last October, it was revealed that Russian agents purchased ads that appeared in Google Search, YouTube, and Gmail. Google launched an investigation of ad buys that are under $100,000 to check if the ads came from state-sponsored means or trolls.