Translate YouTube comments
There is now a “translate” button for YouTube comments
in the Android and iOS YouTube mobile apps. More than 100 languages are supported. YouTube will translate the comments into the language it thinks you want, not necessarily the main language you have set. The language is determined by your language settings, your location and the language of recently watched videos. Learn more
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Google changes web page titles in Search
Google has caused consternation (and real problems)
by retitling web pages in the Search results. Now Google has provided more informatio
n about why they change titles and guidance for website owners. Currently Google uses “title elements” 87% of the time. But that remaining 13% represents a large number of web pages, and it’s clear that at least sometimes the title Google uses is not an improvement.
How YouTube limits recommendation of “borderline” content
YouTube’s VP of Engineering Christos Goodrow has provided insights into how YouTube’s recommendation system’s work
. They consider what you watch, how long you watch it, and whether you share or like it. Plus they take into account what other people like: if you watch a lot of skiing videos, and other people who also like those videos also like jazz videos, you might get jazz videos recommended to you too.
Of particular interest is how YouTube handles what they call “borderline” content. This content doesn’t quite violate YouTube’s policies, but is non-authoritative and in some cases potentially harmful - think conspiracy theories, tabloid-style content, misinformation, content that is insensitive or intolerant and the like. In 2019 YouTube started demoting such content in recommendations, and watchtime on those videos from recommendations dropped 70%. Today borderline content gets most of its views from other platforms that link to YouTube.
Is this the best solution to help stop the spread of potentially harmful content? It certainly sounds like it’s working on YouTube, but they are still hosting the content that may get recommended on Facebook or other platforms.