Share of Climate Change Misinformation Videos, by Searched Topics (Based on the Top 100 Related Videos for Each Topic)

Source: Avaaz. “Why Is YouTube Broadcasting Climate Misinformation to Millions?” published on Politico EU, 16 January 2020
Topic: Disinformation
Reference year: 2020
Geographical area: Global
Method: Data mining
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The chart presents the share of videos related to climate change misinformation recommended by YouTube's algoritms within top 100 related videos (in the "Up Next" and favorite/recommended list of video). The results are based on the research of the Avaaz organisation aiming to analyse how effectively YouTube is protecting its users from climate misinformation, and how well it’s implementing the commitments it made specifically around its recommendation engine. The report looked at three topics "climate manipulation", "global warming" and "climate change". The results showed that, for each of the search topics, the share of videos containing misinformation remain relevant, and that a more systemic approach is needed to curb this phenomenon.