TikTok radicalizes with it’s FYP (For You Page) … leading users down far-right rabbit holes. Transphobia seen as gateway to radicalization.
“TikTok’s “For You” page (FYP) recommendation algorithm appears to be leading users down far-right rabbit holes. By analyzing and coding over 400 recommended videos after interacting solely with transphobic content, Media Matters traced how TikTok’s recommendation algorithm quickly began populating our research account’s FYP with hateful and far-right content,” The Little Richards Team throw it down in a post explaining all on Media Matters.
It’s not Hal or science fiction. It’s one of the most insidious things i’ve ever heard of. This type of AI is everywhere already and with not great results in a number of cases, but the tech companies don’t want to hear it.
Watch embedded video below for excellent, plain language, entertaining overview of the study.
Watch @abbieasr present the top line of the study linked immediately below. It’s entertaining while being a scary proof of the very dark side of social media and its impact on all of us.
Key Findings — Quote From Summary
- After we interacted with anti-trans content, TikTok’s recommendation algorithm populated our FYP feed with more transphobic and homophobic videos, as well as other far-right, hateful, and violent content.
- Exclusive interaction with anti-trans content spurred TikTok to recommend misogynistic content, racist and white supremacist content, anti-vaccine videos, antisemitic content, ableist narratives, conspiracy theories, hate symbols, and videos including general calls to violence.
- Of the 360 total recommended videos included in our analysis, 103 contained anti-trans and/or homophobic narratives, 42 were misogynistic, 29 contained racist narratives or white supremacist messaging, and 14 endorsed violence.
There will be lots of social media news today, but you should start with this new Tiktok study from @OliviaLittle and @abbieasr. Working with them on this was a dream!— Carly Evans (@CarlysHandle) October 5, 2021
That said, this chart (one of my fav from my time at @mmfa!) is a beautiful nightmare. https://t.co/fjJ632fgSO pic.twitter.com/RDaWiFi5sA