YouTube’s recommendation engine tends to push users to more ‘extreme’ versions of whatever they’re watching. Hiking becomes mountain climbing, vegetarianism becomes veganism…
“It seems as if you are never 'hard core’ enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm,” observes Zeynep Tufecki
. So, it should be no surprise that YouTube has the capacity to radicalise people’s political interests.
As I understand it, there’s no proof that YouTube does radicalise anyone specifically through this feature, but the potential is clearly there.