The Washington Post and an investigative journalism outlet called The Examination have partnered to investigate nutrition influencers on social media. Their investigation is ongoing, so we can expect more from them. While I think this work is important, I believe some red flags in this investigation are worthy of discussion.
YouTube has two billion active monthly users and uploads 500 hours of content every minute. Twenty five percent of U.S. adults get their news from YouTube, and 60% of regular users “use the platform to keep up with current events.” Since roughly 70% of all videos watched come from YouTube’s algorithm, it's fair to ask if it might be biased. A new study says it is, and that the algorithm leans left.