Youtube has now become the talk of the town and that too for all the wrong reasons. There have been infinite cases of Youtube recommendation algorithm issues, many of which had lead users down unsafe content spirals. To make youtube into doing more to fix this, Mozilla has launched a campaign against youtube named #YouTubeRegrets
The new social media campaign urges people to share and submit their experiences about how they might have ended up watching a wrongly recommended video on YouTube.Mozilla is using a google doc for people to share their stories. Below is the link for the google document:
The campaign is launched to collect people's stories to use them at a meeting with the YouTube team which is scheduled after 2 weeks, to help put pressure on YouTube to make serious engagements towards fixing this problem. Mozilla might share your story on the web, social media, or in their meetings with YouTube.
Guillaume Chaslot, Ex-YouTube engineer also commented on the campaign favoring it.
Recently, YouTube said it excluded over 1 lakh videos, over 17,000 channels and 500 million comments hate speech. YouTube has also been cracking down on 'violent' and 'mature' videos targetting children. Last month, YouTube also terminated the account of a 14-year-old for hate-speech. In June, YouTube toughened its policies around harmful videos, days after IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad warned against the misuse of digital platforms in India.
The Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General have alleged that Youtube video sharing service has illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent. To settle the allegations Google LLC and its subsidiary YouTube will pay a record of $170 million.