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@ethanchiel yeah, did scan to the system as conspiracy, got boosted into the tide, climbed up search, etc. view count was pretty low for trending though
he did what the full force of the native YouTube conspiracy apparatus couldn’t, almost by accident
The guy who managed to break YouTube’s Trending list with a Parkland “crisis actor” video wasn’t an Infowars host or a scheming politics vlogger. He was just a 51-year-old guy named Mike who reuploaded a video he saw in a conspiracy forum thread ?amp=1
@bluechoochoo I think they'd probably prefer that too, and maybe did see it that way for a while? but bent to various forms of outside pressure + were less able to quickly deal than they thought. a big spam problem takes years to solve, and that's w/o politics
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