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Are the platforms finally growing up?

Jonas Kaiser in conversation with Vera Linß and Martin Böttcher

On a laptop in Berlin the Internet video portal YouTube watch, taken on 20.07.2012. (picture alliance / Britta Pedersen)

The role of Facebook, YouTube and Co. can increasingly be described as a designer of societies. For a long time, the platforms have dismissed this responsibility and seen themselves as mere entertainment platforms. But new changes are coming, as YouTube announces tweaks to their algorithm to de-emphasize misinformation and conspiracy theory content.

"YouTube should understand that... this common idea of ​​'we just keep on recommending more videos' leads users to quickly land in conspiracy theories," says BKC Affiliate Jonas Kaiser. "I wish they understood that algorithms just have to work differently."

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