Is YouTube responsible for creating modern flat-earthers?
Researchers find that the YouTube algorithm is misleading people.
Researchers think Youtube is the main cause for the rise in the number of flat-earthers.
Researcher Asheley Landrum of Texas Tech University says people changed their minds after watching conspiracy theories on YouTube.
Her team conducted interviews with 30 people who displayed this pattern.
Even the people who watched the videos to mock them found themselves getting skeptical about the roundness of the earth.
Youtube's algorithms ensure that people who have consumed a video in this vein will inevitably be prompted to watch more.
Over the past two years, flat-earthers have conducted annual conferences in North Carolina and Colorado.
Landrum thinks the solution is to make and highlight more videos that debunk these theories.
Story Source: The Guardian