Selected New York Times Articles – Week Ending June 12TH 2019

The Making of a YouTube Radical
Kevin Roose, June 8th 2019, New York Times
Caleb Cain pulled a Glock pistol from his waistband, took out the magazine and casually tossed both onto the kitchen counter.

Russian Disinformation on YouTube Draws Ads, Lacks Warning Labels-Researchers
Reuters in the New York Times, June 7th 2019
Fourteen Russia-backed YouTube channels spreading disinformation have been generating billions of views and millions of dollars in advertising revenue, according to researchers, and had not been labelled as state-sponsored, contrary to the world’s most popular streaming service’s policy.

How A.I. Could Be Weaponized to Spread Disinformation
Cade Metz and Scott Blumenthal, June 7th 2019, New York Times
In 2017, an online disinformation campaign spread against the “White Helmets,” claiming that the group of aid volunteers was serving as an arm of Western governments to sow unrest in Syria.

Americans Think Fake News is Big Problem, Blame Politicians
The Associated Press, June 5th 2019, New York Times
Half of U.S. adults consider fake news a major problem, and they mostly blame politicians and activists for it, according to a new survey.

YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views
Kevin Roose and Kate Conger, June 5th 2019, New York Times
YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.