YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant


Proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies were sacrificed for engagement, staff say.

Illustration: Graham Roumieu

Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive officer, is a reluctant public ambassador, but she was in Austin at the South by Southwest conference to unveil a solution that she hoped would help quell conspiracy theories: a tiny text box from websites like Wikipedia that would sit below videos that questioned well-established facts like the moon landing and link viewers to the truth.

Wojcicki’s media behemoth, bent on overtaking television, is estimated to rake in sales of more than $16 billion a year. But on that day, Wojcicki compared her video site to a different kind of institution. “We’re really more like a library,” she said, staking out a familiar position as a defender of free speech. “There have always been controversies, if you look back at libraries.”

Since Wojcicki took the stage, prominent conspiracy theories on the platform—including one on child vaccinations; another tying Hillary Clinton to a Satanic cult—have drawn the ire of lawmakers eager to regulate technology companies. And YouTube is, a year later, even more associated with the darker parts of the web. Tiếp tục đọc “YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant”

Compostable Wild Grass Straws Are Vietnam’s Newest Zero-Waste Straw Option

BY SOPHIE HIRSH Greenmatters

As the world becomes increasingly aware of the plastic crisis, more and more people are saying no to plastic straws. To combat the issue, people all over the world have come up with new, more sustainable materials to make straws from. Most recently, a young Vietnamese entrepreneur released a straw made of wild grass, which has been taking off on social media. Tiếp tục đọc “Compostable Wild Grass Straws Are Vietnam’s Newest Zero-Waste Straw Option”