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MINISTRY OF TRUTH: How YouTube chooses the videos you see in your newsfeed

When Donald Trump speaks about the “Fake news media” most think its a funny joke, but it is not – over the past year we have repeatedly discovered how the liberal media elite who control the US Media has become the “Ministry of Truth” in George Orwell’s 1984.

I refer to Orwell in many of my articles about the left and the media, because most of it has actually come true to an extent.YouTube is the second biggest social media website in the world, below its parent owner, Google. They may not report on the news, but they play host to thousands of news companies and publishers across the world.

YouTube is the second biggest social media website in the world, below its parent owner, Google. They may not report on the news, but they play host to thousands of news companies and publishers across the world.

YouTube has a news carousel, and it has a team of people who choose the videos you see, they decide what is truth and what is not, you see – They are the Ministry of Truth.

You won’t have heard about this from the likes of BBC, ITV or Sky, The Guardian, The Independent or any other “Mainstream” outlet

The YouTube curation team are able to promote stories that are non-trending videos by “using some kind of intervention” into algorithms controlling the website.

This allows specific news organizations to be favoured, especially The New York Times.

Investigative group “Project Veritas” ran by James O’Keefe – who uses old-school undercover reporting tactics to bust the Fake news media.

James O’Keefe

James O’Keefe, who founded Project Veritas in 2010, which has received funding from the Trump Foundation has released a number of controversial undercover videos, including one with CNN political commentator Van Jones this summer.

They secretly filmed Earnest Pettie, who is the “Brand and Diversity Curation Lead at YouTube” and he says he works “on a team that does provide some human inputs into a lot of the machinery of YouTube.” proving that specific news sources could be made to appear at the top of search results.

Petite explained how YouTube’s so-called news carousel is formed: “It’s above the search results, so at the very least, we can say this shelf of videos from news partners is legitimate news because we know that these are legitimate news organizations.”

“People are searching for a topic that our systems know is a ‘newsy’ topic, so let’s give them videos that we know to be newsy because we know we have these news partnerships.”

“In very rare cases we will try to make up to the fact that something isn’t in the trending tab,” he admitted. “Use some kind of intervention to… encourage the thing to be there, basically.”

In the undercover recording, Pettie also says Nick Dudich, audience strategy editor for the New York Times, is “one of the people I think who has more knowledge about YouTube as a platform than probably anyone else that I know.”

Speaking with a member of Project Veritas, Dudich said that he placed a negative report about Facebook in a spot where he knew it wouldn’t draw much attention, while bragging about using his Silicon Valley friendships to make videos trend.

“We actually just did a video about Facebook negatively, and I chose to put it in a spot that I knew wouldn’t do well,” Dudich said in the secretly filmed conversation.

Dudich claimed that his friends in Silicon Valley helped NYT videos trend while saying he doesn’t want the NYT to know about his connections, according to Project Veritas.

“Let’s say something ends up on the YouTube front page, the New York Times freaks out about it, but they don’t know it’s just because my friends curate the front page. So, it’s like, a little bit of mystery you need in any type of job to make it look like what you do is harder than what it is,” Dudich says in the recording.

The video released Wednesday is the latest in a Project Veritas series called “American Pravda,” aimed at the US mainstream media. The installment released Tuesday also featured recordings of Dudich, in which he claims he worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to counter the “threat” of Trump and that he did not join the Times to “be objective.”

It is impossible to assess the credibility of Dudich’s claims, however, as he also claimed that former FBI Director James Comey was his godfather, and that he used to participate in Antifa activities on behalf of the FBI.

Dudich admitted this was not true after Project Veritas interviewed his father, who said he didn’t even know Comey. It was “a good story,” Dudich said when asked why he lied.

In response to the Tuesday video, a New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said that Dudich was a “recent hire in a junior position” who appeared to have “violated [the newspaper’s] ethical standards and misrepresented his role.”

“In his role at The Times, he was responsible for posting already published video on other platforms and was never involved in the creation or editing of Times videos. We are reviewing the situation now,”

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