Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm - (Part 1/3) Smarter Every Day 213


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  • SmarterEveryDay
    SmarterEveryDay   7 months back

    Thank you for taking the time to watch the video. This is video 1 of a 3 part series on Social Media Algorithm manipulation and countermeasures. Even if you're aware of these issues, odds are your friends and parents are not. I'm hoping we can use this video series to educate an incredible amount of people about the realities of algorithmic manipulation online. The engineers tasked with working on these problems take their jobs very seriously and they are truly the unsung heroes in this fight. I'd be honored if you shared this video with someone you love.

    I'm on Twitter at:
    You can subscribe here for the rest of the series (in process):

    Note: This is a completely apolitical video. I don't care what side of the aisle you're on, you're a target of these types of attacks. I'd like to say thank you to everyone at these three companies (and those beyond) willing to discuss this very sensitive topic, and giving me your trust. This touches many different areas.... technical engineering, human interactions, artificial intelligence, IT, financial incentives, law enforcement, attempts to manipulate others, etc. This is an absolutely fascinating topic and I believe it's imperative that we talk about these issues more openly so even the most lackadaisical social media user is aware of them. I have realized lately that in general, people online are very eager to become angry at these platforms whenever there is the slightest misstep, without truly understanding the impossible engineering tasks these individuals have been given.

    I'd like to thank Renée Diresta for taking the time to discuss these issues openly with me. She wrote a wonderful piece called the "Digital Maginot Line" ( For those unfamiliar, the maginot line was an amazing undertaking to create a defensive front, which was easily sidestepped. It's worth your time.

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    • Nate Spurgat
      Nate Spurgat  1 months back

      alright, here's an interesting story: I spend a lot of time on Youtube, partly facilitated by the recommended videos on the right side as you scroll down. Interestingly, despite having been subscribed to Destin for a while, his videos almost never show up in my recommended.

    • Graphene Pixel
      Graphene Pixel  1 months back

      Will you please share this to watchman YouTube channels. This social media manipulation is demonic, and it needs to be tooken very seriously.

    • Michael Preston
      Michael Preston  1 months back

      @5:48, both, actually.

  • Desperado5501
    Desperado5501  12 minutes back


    • Aldrich Hamizan
      Aldrich Hamizan  2 hours back

      yes i understand youtube content can manipulation by someone but reality can't be manipulation

      • Assembly Point
        Assembly Point  12 hours back

        wow! i just discover this vid. thank you for your explanation!

        • Jaiven
          Jaiven  17 hours back

          "There are people online, trying to manipulate people for financial gain"... 18:39 - annnnnddd here ya go.

          • Troll Face
            Troll Face  1 days back

            Don't mind me, I'm just commenting to generate activity so the algorithm put this video forward!

            • La ϟϟ
              La ϟϟ  1 days back

              Check "the hated one" his videos are so Amasing exposing how Youtube and google track you everywhere

              • Paranormal Busters
                Paranormal Busters  1 days back


                • Elizabeth Ashton
                  Elizabeth Ashton  1 days back

                  The ladder makes me run

                  • Balsey Dean De Witt, Jr.

                    You will also notice that when you post a video, look at the views and then look at the time it was posted! NOT ACCURATE NUMBERS, NO WHERE CLOSE!

                    • cvsWebDesigns
                      cvsWebDesigns  2 days back

                      I'll say it ... simple, remove God then remove civility. Maybe "real community" is the key and a return to the Bible!! Get away from this BS;-)

                      • Clarence Wattse
                        Clarence Wattse  2 days back

                        Energy flows where attention goes. People need to realize that they consume aka eat with thier ears and eyes. They are feeding thier brain. How they do that is up to the individual.

                        • Gianni Giampolo
                          Gianni Giampolo  3 days back

                          I still do not understand where the motivation is to divide people. That did not seem to be properly explained between when i finished commenting and then immediately looked for another video.

                          • Phil's Drone Zone
                            Phil's Drone Zone  3 days back

                            hyper paranoid this just express VPN manipulating money out f me? !!

                            • Fernando Rojas
                              Fernando Rojas  3 days back

                              I am from Chile. I belive that all the awful things that the world media is spreading against the Police and Military Forces are just propaganda uploaded and coordinated the way you show in the video. Nice Work! .

                              • Ankit Tikariha
                                Ankit Tikariha  3 days back

                                2.3k dislikes ...who are these people ...

                                • Ankit Tikariha
                                  Ankit Tikariha  3 days back

                                  Now i am quitting watching youtube

                                  • Donnie Mullady
                                    Donnie Mullady  3 days back

                                    Can you answer next, I will see on the icon an amount of time for the length of the video and the the actual video is only one or two seconds in length. Is this click bait to gather a number of views.

                                    • richard kaye
                                      richard kaye  4 days back

                                      The left wing outlets who reported on the fake Russia/Trump nonsense for 2.5 years are once again above criticism apparently.

                                      • Peter Jongsma
                                        Peter Jongsma  4 days back

                                        Selling Likes!
                                        I just Liked myself!
                                        Trump is right.
                                        Fake news is out there.
                                        But it's an inside job.
                                        Forget about Russia.
                                        Who paid for The Steel Dossier?
                                        The Democrats.
                                        If Trump gets his Lawyer to ask The Ukrainians questions guess who tries to Impeach him?
                                        The Democrats.
                                        See the connection?
                                        Not to mention Secret Whistleblowers.

                                        • Fred Flynstone
                                          Fred Flynstone  4 days back

                                          it goes a lot deeper....  take the red pill, see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

                                          • Chamilition second
                                            Chamilition second  4 days back

                                            5 Minute Crafts.

                                            • Noli Pugay
                                              Noli Pugay  4 days back

                                              while we trying to create legit content suffers…

                                              • nosbig64
                                                nosbig64  5 days back

                                                Why don't they just remove the algorithm. I mean youtube would still work.

                                                • Ace Hardy
                                                  Ace Hardy  5 days back


                                                  • Riley R
                                                    Riley R  5 days back

                                                    Clearly youtube doesnt care of its fake news or propiganda. As long as they get you watching more content... There is something very evil and wrong going on with google.

                                                    • Phillip Olds
                                                      Phillip Olds  5 days back

                                                      Let's do an experiment get rid of the algorithm and let the viewers have the freedom of choice

                                                      • Jariel Music
                                                        Jariel Music  5 days back


                                                        • Page Vaughn
                                                          Page Vaughn  6 days back

                                                          I hate these videos!!

                                                          • Gustavo Machado
                                                            Gustavo Machado  6 days back

                                                            oh boy youtube ig gonna be mad at this video

                                                            • Chad Davidson
                                                              Chad Davidson  6 days back

                                                              More comments!

                                                              • Andries Stander
                                                                Andries Stander  6 days back

                                                                This is very interesting but I have one question? Do you really believe youtube, twitter and facebook were brought into life for anything other than manipulating the masses?

                                                                There is a very simple concept that works when implemented correctly. It works almost like a double blind study, only it is not just double but exponential. Secret societies have been perfecting this for centuries.

                                                                You start knowing very little about what the orginization does but you are made to feel like you are now better than everyone else because you know something about how some things really work and they don't.

                                                                As those higher up see that you may be of better use higher up and with more knowledge, they let you graduate to higher levels and this deception that you are in about yourself gets fed and you become more entrenched in darkness until one day when you wake up (the lucky few who do) and realise that you are in a system that is greater than its greatest players and there is no escape without a fatal cost to yourself.

                                                                This is what happens to a lucky few that work inside the system that runs our world. But they stay there on pain of death. I would too if I did not believe in a Being that is able to render the mightiest army futile, so, I completely understand their point.

                                                                Now lets move on to you and me. We just live in this world not knowing it is manipulated by a system that feeds the human condition exactly what it needs to keep treading its mill. We know nothing about it all because we rely only on what we can see and experience for ourselves.

                                                                Our closed minded opinion blocks the light from shining into our darkness that would show us we are but part of the masses that are being manipulated, that what we consider to be sane and real is just as much a part of a deception but just at a scale that surpasses our human vision so we can't see the lie threaded through what we consider reality.

                                                                There is order in all the chaos around us (ordo ab chao). Even in little things like silly videos like the ones you mentioned here.

                                                                • d a t g i o
                                                                  d a t g i o  6 days back

                                                                  nice👀 lets get this channel more active’z

                                                                  • ToxicTiki
                                                                    ToxicTiki  7 days back

                                                                    Youtube makes a lot of money from these fake videos. They will block the absolute minimum they need to to seem like the good guys while blatantly allowing it to continue as long as they turn a profit.

                                                                    • StillFreeinVT
                                                                      StillFreeinVT  1 weeks back

                                                                      Got news for everyone: Al Gore doesn't have any rhythm.

                                                                      • sachu kavin
                                                                        sachu kavin  1 weeks back

                                                                        You said your going to meet someone at YouTube which dont wanna show their face? You never went and wasted my time

                                                                        • Charles Foster
                                                                          Charles Foster  1 weeks back

                                                                          Thx Destin, love your channel. What's the difference between NOT knowing the Truth and Not acting on and speaking about the Truth? Not much...right? Well, if guys who are as smart as you only refer to YT/FB/Twitter as the main source of information and therefore guidance, isn't that playing into a pronoun we don't hear much but that you used in this video: the adversary? I'm gonna skip the standard protocols of foundational theology and just drop a doosie of a question on you that the Holy Spirit dropped on me...thankfully, complete with a heavy-duty way to get my full attention:
                                                                          God doesn't manipulate, lie or change, so why are we still following a pagan Roman dictator who made key tenets of God's Commands illegal upon pain of death on a cross or as evil entertainment for pagans in the coluseum in 321 AD? (Rejecting the Ex31:13 command that is above all and the eternal statute of Passover...replaced with Sun-worship-day and Ishtar, respectively)

                                                                          Ever read the Qumran scrolls?
                                                                          Book of Enoch?
                                                                          The War scroll?

                                                                          This is all about YHWH, not us and not the manipulations and deception that only God can protect us from.

                                                                          It was very easy to see how Judaism, in which there is no God except Jewish men, could be referred to as a Synagogue of Satan by Messiah...but not as readily apparent to me how the western Church is doing the same thing by fashioning a religion of our own choosing rather than choosing to be fully devoted to our Creator by following His Commands, which are not a burden, but Life to those who Love Truth!

                                                                          --Inviting you to embrace the path of the Rev14:12 Saints †

                                                                          • Seth Gillies
                                                                            Seth Gillies  1 weeks back

                                                                            Thanks for bringing this topic to light.
                                                                            Community and human connection with understanding for those who have different views from our own has become seemingly less important in today's society. Well delivered message.

                                                                            • Daniel Dietsche
                                                                              Daniel Dietsche  1 weeks back

                                                                              Good video to understand the social media platform algorithms. Although it is very important to try to filter out this content, most people now can recognize shady/fake online sources. To me, the greater harm is:
                                                                              1. These media platforms 'banning' content over a political bias, via much for freedom of speech.
                                                                              2. Supposed "valid" "reputable news sources are also manipulating us... fake, or one sided news on tv networks, rado, and in newspapers.

                                                                              • Tsavorite Prince
                                                                                Tsavorite Prince  1 weeks back

                                                                                Don’t mind me, I am just commenting to generate activity.

                                                                                • Eliza Beth
                                                                                  Eliza Beth  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Don't mind me, I'm just commenting to generate activity so the algorithm put this video forward!

                                                                                  • gargaj
                                                                                    gargaj  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Framing this as a technical problem is wrong. This is a business problem.

                                                                                    • The World Famous Tallboys

                                                                                      18:00 Too late. Everyones already scared.

                                                                                      • Slinglling
                                                                                        Slinglling  2 weeks back

                                                                                        its about Money ya dummy

                                                                                        • Pipin06
                                                                                          Pipin06  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Don't mind me, I am just commenting to generate activity.

                                                                                          • Sungaze
                                                                                            Sungaze  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Lol this stuff fixes it self ...the laws of karma grant us the ability to see past bulkshit

                                                                                            • Psqwall
                                                                                              Psqwall  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Why does the girl you interviewed have a ladder that goes nowhere ? What kind of subliminal message is she sending ?

                                                                                              • Rider Mak
                                                                                                Rider Mak  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Forget the algorithm for a minute.
                                                                                                Why is direct input ignored?
                                                                                                I click: “Not interested in this channel”
                                                                                                Response says: “OK, we will not suggest this channel to you anymore”. (Yeah, I know, not accurate quotes)
                                                                                                It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I directly state, “I don’t want that” just keeps coming. If the system is so ineffective it doesn’t understand a direct statement, how can a complicated algorithm be expected to work at all.