The Algorithm Strikes Again: ‘False Flag’ Vegas Videos Infiltrate YouTube


YouTube suggested terms including “false flag” for a time on Thursday to people who started searching for video about the Las Vegas shooting.

A person only had to type in “Las Ve” before the Google-owned video site offered a list of suggestions, of which Las Vegas “shooting false flag” was up there with “shooting footage” and simple “strip.”

The suggestion seems to have been halted by late Thursday, as Google and YouTube continued to work on presenting the most credible news related to the weekend’s mass shooting.

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Lars is Google’s Head of Marketing across Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. With nearly two decades of international experience in the Internet and media industry, his passion lies at the intersection of technology and marketing. His career spans across the globe - from Europe to the emerging markets in Asia - from early stage start-ups to large organizations, providing him with an in-depth understanding of marketing, sales and business development across cultures and industries. In his current role he is responsible for local B2B and B2C brand and product marketing across all Google and Youtube services and devices.