The recent YouTube algorithm change may be giving a boost to Fox News. The clips that have received the most views are likely those that deal with politics. However, the views of videos that deal with other topics are not included. However, some examples show that non-political content can get a big boost.
YouTube algorithm change boosts fox news
YouTube recently made a major change in its recommendations formula, giving Fox News a major boost. The change in YouTube’s algorithm is meant to increase the number of videos posted by reputable sources and discourage users from watching hoax videos. The changes have boosted Fox News’ audience and increased the number of times viewers have visited the channel’s site.
While some people criticized this change as unfair, other commentators have countered that Fox News has benefited from the change in the recommendation algorithm. According to TTP research, more Fox News viewers watch YouTube than MSNBC. The YouTube algorithm recommended Fox News 90 percent of the time. The news channel is also popular in the trending news feed.
Dan Bongino’s weekly show on Rumble
In a statement posted on Twitter, Fox News host Dan Bongino says he plans to move his weekly show to a rival site called Rumble. Rumble is a conservative-focused video website with over two million subscribers. Conservatives have complained about the anti-conservative bias of many tech platforms. Tech companies deny this claim, stating that their terms of service require users to abide by their policies.
Rumble’s traffic has increased more than twenty-fold since the fall of last year, and it now boasts 36 million unique visitors each month. Even with this growth, Rumble still represents a small percentage of YouTube’s traffic.
QAnon conspiracy theories
While conspiracy theories have become a popular topic on YouTube, QAnon has not taken over the site. The number of videos dedicated to the movement is quite small, compared to the overall number of videos. Only 14% of videos dedicated to QAnon are from news organizations, and the remaining 95% are from independent sources.
While the majority of QAnon followers are white, there are also a small number of minority members. Approximately 20 percent are Hispanic, and 13 percent are Black. Most QAnon supporters have incomes under $50,000 and a high school diploma. They also tend to live in the South and the suburbs.
The rise of QAnon conspiracy theories on YouTube came about in part due to an attack on the U.S. Capitol in January. Afterward, the social media platforms cracked down on accounts that promote QAnon. Two weeks later, the inauguration of Joe Biden led to another surge in the number of QAnon followers. Many of them believed that Donald Trump would continue to serve in the White House and would arrest and execute political enemies.
Trump’s “fake election” interview
In an interview with Dan Bongino on Saturday, President Donald Trump claimed that the presidential election was “rigged,” and he continued to deny that the result was real. The interview, which aired on Fox News and the network’s website, was also posted on the network’s YouTube channel. The network edited out the comment about “fake elections,” but left the rest of the interview verbatim.
In response to the controversy, Trump’s spokeswoman ripped Fox News for editing out portions of Trump’s interview, which appeared to deny that the election was rigged. The network is being sued by a voting machine company, Dominion, over the omission of Trump’s comments about the “fake election.” The lawsuit claims that the Fox News personalities spread “fake election” conspiracy theories and baseless claims that caused economic damage.
Watching conspiracy theory videos
The Internet is filled with conspiracy theory videos. Whether they’re true or not, they can be scary. Some of them are based on paranoid beliefs about the government’s secretive technologies, others claim that aliens live on Mars. Many of these are based on fringe channels that are funded by the fossil-fuel industry. However, they’re not the only ones with these beliefs. YouTube is also home to other fringe channels.
Conspiracy theory channels are a major traffic source for Fox News. One such channel has twenty videos listed, all of which are from Fox News or Fox affiliates. HuffPost researchers watched over 100 videos from the channels over three days and found that almost half were Fox News videos.