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Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm

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A 3 part series on "coordinated inauthentic behavior".


Part 1:


Renée Diresta is a Mozilla Fellow in Media, Misinformation, and Trust, where she researches unintended consequences of algorithms and works towards helping machines make better decisions. Renee also writes about disinformation and the changing face of information war — check out her essay “The Digital Maginot Line” ( — and is a contributor to Wired Ideas ( Here are examples of some of the videos in question (Open these videos in incognito mode so you don’t mess up your algorithm.) - 298k views 8k views

To say this presentation style is shady is an understatement. Quite interesting. - 107k views

Here’s one of the channels:



Part 2:


Twitter info on IRA dataset

Congress released this list of Twitter Usernames:

Twitter rules (beyond scope of this video, but relevant to current discussions around censorship)

Academic Papers (At least scroll through and look at the graphs):

Troll Behaviour in the Twitter Brexit Debate

Who falls for political manipualation


Follow YoYoel:

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Check out "Robotrolling"

NATO (Our interview took place on NATO's 70th birthday).



Part 3:


Facebook statements on the Internet Research Agency:

Mark Zuckerberg:

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