Current Work

RegretsReporter

This RegretsReporter browser extension, built by the nonprofit Mozilla, helps you take control of your YouTube recommendations.

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Past Work

YouTube Regrets Findings

Mozilla and 37,380 YouTube users conducted a study to better understand harmful YouTube recommendations. This is what we learned.

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YouTube Regrets Stories

Got YouTube Regrets? Thousands do! These are the stories Mozilla collected when we asked people about the videos they wish they’d never clicked that sent them down a rabbit hole…

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Impact

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July 2019 - Mozilla awards Guillaume Chaslot, a former YouTube engineer, a fellowship to support his work investigating AI systems, including the impacts of YouTube’s recommendation engine.

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August 7, 2019 - Mozilla announced our intentions to investigate YouTube’s recommendation problem, and to begin a dialogue with the company about making improvements.

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August 14, 2019 - Mozilla published a reading list for our community detailing the ways recommendation AI — including YouTube’s — can manipulate consumers.

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September 3, 2019 - Mozilla hosted a Q&A with a teenager who was radicalized online, partially due to YouTube’s recommendation AI.

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September 10, 2019 - Mozilla launched its #YouTubeRegrets campaign, urging users to share stories about harmful recommendations they encounter.

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October 14, 2019 - After meeting with YouTube staff to discuss this issue, Mozilla published three concrete actions the platform could take to help address its recommendation problem. These changes entail making YouTube’s recommendation data more transparent.

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October 15, 2019 - Mozilla published findings from our #YouTubeRegrets research, highlighting how users were recommended anti-science content, anti-LGBT content, and other harmful videos.

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October 26, 2019 - At MozFest 2019, Mozilla hosted “The Algorithmic Gaze,” a panel exploring the dangers of untrustworthy AI like YouTube’s recommendation engine.

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December 25, 2019 - Mozilla published a running list of YouTube’s dismissals related to its recommendation problem.

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September 2020 - Mozilla launches the RegretsReporter browser extension to research YouTube’s recommendation problem.

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July 2021 - Using data contributed by 37,380 RegretsReporter users, Mozilla releases first findings into YouTube's recommendations.