software . 2021

Software for: "It is just a flu: Assessing the Effect of Watch History on YouTube's Pseudoscientific Video Recommendations"

Papadamou, Kostantinos; Zannettou, Savvas; Blackburn, Jeremy; Cristofaro, Emiliano De; Stringhini, Gianluca; Sirivianos, Michael;
Open Source
  • Published: 04 Mar 2021
  • Publisher: Zenodo
Abstract
Abstract: The role played by YouTube's recommendation algorithm in unwittingly promoting misinformation and conspiracy theories is not entirely understood. Yet, this can have dire real-world consequences, especially when pseudoscientific content is promoted to users at critical times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In this paper, we set out to characterize and detect pseudoscientific misinformation on YouTube. We collect 6.6K videos related to COVID-19, the Flat Earth theory, as well as the anti-vaccination and anti-mask movements. Using crowdsourcing, we annotate them as pseudoscience, legitimate science, or irrelevant and train a deep learning classifier to de...
Subjects
free text keywords: YouTube, YouTube Videos, YouTube's Recommendation Algorithm, Science, Pseudoscience, Pseudoscientific Misinformation, Watch History, COVID-19, Anti-vaccination, Anti-mask, Flat Earth
Communities
  • COVID-19
Funded by
EC| CONCORDIA
Project
CONCORDIA
Cyber security cOmpeteNCe fOr Research anD InnovAtion
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 830927
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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