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Sat Jun 8, 2019, 01:26 AM

Russian disinformation on YouTube draws ads, lacks warning labels: researchers

Russian disinformation on YouTube draws ads, lacks warning labels: researchers

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been generating billions of views and millions of dollars in advertising revenue, according to researchers, and had not been labeled as state-sponsored, contrary to the world’s most popular streaming service’s policy.

The channels, including news outlets NTV and Russia-24, carried false reports ranging from a U.S. politician covering up a human organ harvesting ring to the economic collapse of Scandinavian countries. Despite such content, viewers have flocked to the channels and U.S. and European companies have bought ads that run alongside them.

The previously unpublished research by Omelas, a Washington-based firm that tracks online extremism for defense contractors, provides the most comprehensive view yet of the Russian government’s success in attracting viewers and generating revenue from propaganda on YouTube, which has 2 billion monthly viewers worldwide.

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, introduced a policy in February of 2018 to identify channels predominantly carrying news items and are wholly or partly funded by national governments, in order to help users make informed viewing decisions.

YouTube said on Wednesday that following inquiries from Reuters it added the state-funding disclaimer to 13 additional Russian channels, including eight of the channels spreading disinformation.

Twelve other Russia-sponsored channels identified by Omelas with misleading or inaccurate news reports already had the state-funding label.

SOURCE-https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-youtube-russia/russian-disinformation-on-youtube-draws-ads-lacks-warning-labels-researchers-idUSKCN1T80JP

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Banshee 3 Actual Jun 8 OP
batcat Jun 8 #1
akaConcernedCanuk Jun 8 #5
quad489 Jun 8 #6
Banshee 3 Actual Jun 8 #8
quad489 Jun 8 #9
batcat Jun 8 #7
Spanish Ladies Jun 8 #2
quad489 Jun 8 #10
Grumpy Pickle Jun 8 #3
Gunslinger201 Jun 8 #4

Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Original post)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 01:37 AM

1. DI should foster discussion not censorship. ...

It was not designed to be an echo chamber.

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Response to batcat (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 08:47 AM

5. . . . It was not designed to be an echo chamber. . . .

Are we sure of that?

I've been on DI since it's "birth", and am sorta confused as to the intent of its creation - well, other than to create $$ for the owners . . . . .

Admins rarely contribute/participate and sure as hell do not do much in maintenance/upgrade . . .

can't even fix the texting thingies that are not functional or just don't give a rat's ass?

The closest I can come to a reason for DI's continued existence is that it provides amusement for the creators to watch us slaughter each other . . . A digital version of the Roman Colosseum sorta thing

OH - and don't furget - every ad click gains the creators a wee bit more mad money



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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 09:03 AM

6. ''every ad click gains the creators a wee bit more mad money''...you finally got it. Congrats!!!

it's always about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Response to quad489 (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 02:58 PM

8. adblocker

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 03:02 PM

9. yep...

...been working great with waterfox for years, no ads to ruin the view.

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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 02:30 PM

7. The people who created this site probably felt the liberal posters ...

would make the conservative posters look like idiots. It didn’t quite work out that way so perhaps they lost interest.

The lack of functional “texting thingies” also pisses me off. It could be argued that it what happens when you let Democrats run things. Things rapidly deteriorate.



There is an alternative to the site.
http://hide5.boards.net/

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Original post)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 01:47 AM

2. Its really lame to lay the 2016 Hillary

Loss at the feet of Russian you tube videos. Should Democrat propaganda get a similar label because I see that every day but nobody seems to fall for it

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Response to Spanish Ladies (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 03:05 PM

10. ...and you don't see any lefties complaining about it either, nor the decades of us govt trying to..

"Should Democrat propaganda get a similar label because I see that every day but nobody seems to fall for it"

...influence the elections of other countries, including russia.

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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Original post)

Sat Jun 8, 2019, 05:01 AM

4. The Question still stands

At what point did the Russians convince you to Vote for Donald Trump?

No one (here) has ever been able to answer that

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