KInIT at prestigious research conference RecSys

Prestigious research conferences are very selective about the research papers they accept for publication and presentation. The ACM Recommender Systems conference (RecSys) is one of them: this year, they accepted only 18% of papers that researchers around the globe have submitted. We are glad to announce, that within these 18%, KInIT has a paper as well.

The work, which we will present in late September in Amsterdam, is titled “An Audit of Misinformation Filter Bubbles on YouTube: Bubble Bursting and Recent Behavior Changes”. In it, we deployed a band of bots to pose as YouTube users and observe what videos YouTube recommends to them (under a variety of conditions). In particular, we were interested in misinformation spreading tendencies of YouTube’s algorithms. We have modeled our study on a research done previously in a similar study at Virginia Tech. Therefore we could observe, whether YouTube has actually improved its policies (as promised) and is spreading less misinformation, or not. Unfortunately, we saw no big improvements.

List of accepted contributions. In the near future we will provide you more detail information about this work.

Team of Authors

Matúš Tomlein
Senior Researcher 10/2020 – 04/2022
Branislav Pecher
PhD Student
Jakub Šimko
Lead and Researcher
Ivan Srba
Róbert Móro
Elena Štefancová
Research Assistant 10/2020 – 08/2021
Michal Kompan
Lead and Researcher
Andrea Hrčková
Juraj Podroužek
Lead and Researcher
Maria Bielikova
Lead and Researcher