Episode 9: ‘The Rabbit Hole’
Producers/Directors Gemma Jordan and Alyse Shorland
A wave of vocal, right-wing provocateurs has been elected to public workplace in Brazil in recent times, driving a surge of enthusiasm from their loyal YouTube viewers. Watched greater than nearly any TV community in Brazil, the almost ubiquitous social video platform even helped catapult a little-known populist named Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency.
Our correspondents Max Fisher and Amanda Taub discovered that in a rustic pushed to the sting by financial and political crises, YouTube’s algorithms could have performed a decisive function in Bolsonaro’s rise. The website’s advice characteristic boosts fringe movies into the mainstream and might unwittingly assist unfold conspiracies and misinformation about harmful illnesses, jeopardizing public well being.
Max and Amanda go to Brazil to meet the YouTube stars-turned-politicians and communicate to the targets of their divisive and sometimes inflammatory on-line assaults.
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Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as president of Brazil in January, promising a rightward shift in Brazilian politics. He made good on that promise almost immediately upon taking office.
During his campaign he praised the country’s military dictatorship, advocated torture, threatened his political opponents, denigrated women and seemed to show no regard for the country’s democratic principles.
At the height of the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, misinformation and conspiracy theories spread online. Our Science Desk looked at the most prominent theories making the rounds on social media, along with responses from scientists.
YouTube’s automated recommendation system — which drives most of the platform’s billions of views by suggesting what users should watch next — created a vast video catalog of prepubescent, partly clothed children, a team of researchers has found.
Director of Photography Andreas Burgess
Video Editor Marlon Singleton
Senior Story Editors Dan Barry, Liz O. Baylen and Liz Day
Associate Producers Lora Moftah and Valerie Schenkman
Additional Reporting Kate Steiker-Ginzberg and Mariana Simões