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Cornell study: Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro ‘infect’ people with alt-right beliefs

Cornell study: Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro ‘infect’ people with alt-right beliefs

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A study from Cornell University claims YouTube channels that feature prominent conservative figures are “infecting” users with alt-right beliefs. “Auditing Radicalization Pathways on YouTube,” written by five academics, concluded that “channels in the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) and the Alt-lite would be gateways to fringe far right ideology.” The study, released August 22, linked The Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro, Dr. Jordan Peterson, comedian and host Joe Rogan, and host Dave Rubin to fringe racist figures like Richard Spencer and Jared Taylor. The study concluded that YouTube’s “recommender system enables Alt-right channels to be discovered, even in a scenario without personalization.” Four Brazilian researchers — Manoel Horta Ribeiro, Raphael Ottoni, Virgilio A. F. Almeida, and Wagner Meira — joined with Yonsei University Professor Robert West to analyze how many viewers from three different groups on YouTube have moved to watching alt-right content on the platform.
Source: Cornell study: Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro ‘infect’ people with alt-right beliefs

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