Here’s a new game we can all play. The rules are simple:
Log out from YouTube and clear your cookies, so you’re viewing the site as some anonymous person it knows nothing about.
Go to the front page, and pick a totally innocuous video from its recommendations.
Clicking only on recommended videos in the sidebar on the right, see how quickly you can get steered to either white nationalism, or mad conspiracy theories.
Post your path for others to marvel at.
Here are three rounds I just played.
Keanu Reeves Shows Us His Most Prized Motorcycles. Keanu’s reportedly a nice guy, he collects motorbikes, what could be more wholesome than that?
The Biggest Scandals To Ever Hit The History Channel. It’s the History Channel, so it must be reasonable, right?
Let’s try again… Start with a video about a wholesome manufactured family TV pop band.
Abandoned boat in Gulf of Mexico someone found.
German WWI submarine found with 23 bodies inside. Uh, World War I submarine? Really?
Proof LBJ Ducked during the JFK assassination.
So basically, it looks like you’re only ever a handful of clicks from either white nationalism or some mad conspiracy theory. Google must be so proud.