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YouTube CEO: Users don't like "authoritative" mainstream media channels but we boost them anyway

Over the last few years, YouTube and its executives have made it clear that when it comes to news and current events, "authoritative sources" (mainstream media outlets it deems to be trustworthy) will get boosted via the platform's recommendation tools while independent creators who cover the news will be suppressed.‚Äč

In the years since Wojcicki made this decision, YouTube has rigged the site heavily in favor of authoritative sources to the point that they're now 10x more likely to top search results for some news events while YouTubers won't even get recommended for breaking news.

And despite most YouTube users relatively not wanting to watch these mainstream media sources, YouTube's constant promotion of them in search, recommendations, and on the homepage has boosted their views by 75% since the start of 2020, cementing and strengthening the dominance of legacy sources in the online era.

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