My favorite example of how informationally toxic YouTube's algorithm is this:
Imagine you're high school freshman and got a school assignment about the Federal Reserve.
You watch videos on YouTube all the time, so you go home and put "Federal Reserve" into YouTube's search bar.
This is the first video that comes up (1.6 million views) https://t.co/vt6GQugkHa
It is, perhaps not surprisingly, conspiratorial quackery.
Once you view that, the algorithm also then suggests this on the sidebar:
"What You're Not Supposed to Know About America's Founding" (863,00 views)https://t.co/anOLNuPJGF