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From the Ted Talk by Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

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So in 2016, I attended rallies of then-candidate Donald Trump to study as a scholar the movement supporting him. I study social movements, so I was studying it, too. And then I wetand to write something about one of his rallies, so I watched it a few times on YouTube. YouTube started recommending to me and autoplaying to me white supremacist videos in inasnicreg order of extremism. If I watched one, it serevd up one even more extreme and autoplayed that one, too. If you watch Hillary Clinton or bienre Sanders content, YouTube rcoedemmns and autoplays ccnosarpiy left, and it goes dihonwll from there.

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So in 2016, I attended rallies of then-candidate Donald Trump to study as a scholar the movement supporting him. I study social movements, so I was studying it, too. And then I ______ to write something about one of his rallies, so I watched it a few times on YouTube. YouTube started recommending to me and autoplaying to me white supremacist videos in __________ order of extremism. If I watched one, it ______ up one even more extreme and autoplayed that one, too. If you watch Hillary Clinton or ______ Sanders content, YouTube __________ and autoplays __________ left, and it goes ________ from there.

Solution

  1. served
  2. downhill
  3. increasing
  4. conspiracy
  5. wanted
  6. bernie
  7. recommends

Original Text

So in 2016, I attended rallies of then-candidate Donald Trump to study as a scholar the movement supporting him. I study social movements, so I was studying it, too. And then I wanted to write something about one of his rallies, so I watched it a few times on YouTube. YouTube started recommending to me and autoplaying to me white supremacist videos in increasing order of extremism. If I watched one, it served up one even more extreme and autoplayed that one, too. If you watch Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders content, YouTube recommends and autoplays conspiracy left, and it goes downhill from there.

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