Study Suggests YouTube Dislike Button Isn’t Doing What You Want

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

The way it’s supposed to work is that users have multiple tools to teach YouTube’s cryptic algorithm what they don’t want to watch. You have options like the Dislike button, the Do not recommend channel option, and the ability to remove videos from your account history. But according to Mozilla study (opens in new tab), users still get these “bad recommendations”. At best, YouTube tools reduce unwanted videos by almost half. In the worst case, YouTube does the opposite: it increases the number of unwanted videos you will see.

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