Does YouTube Think We've Got A Nuclear War Coming?
27 January 2017, 11:56
We're a bit terrified.
It might be because the Doomsday Clock just got pushed 30 seconds closer; but there's something in the air that, for some reason, has a lot of people worried about a nuclear war. And now, much to our concern, it seems as though YouTube is hopping on the trend.
There's still a lot of speculation about what qualifies a video for YouTube's Trending page; but we spotted something that has us a little bit shook. There are not one, but two videos about "nuclear war" currently sitting on the Trending page; and to make matters worse, they're side-by-side.
Granted, they're both videos from the "Asap..." video family; but it's very rare that somebody ever has more than one video Trending, about the same subject, at the same time. Does YouTube know something we don't...?
The first is AsapSCIENCE's "What Happens If We Have A Nuclear War?"
This "purely hypothetical" video gives us the depressing statistic that there are currently 15,000 nuclear warheads in the world. Big yikes.
And following that is AsapTHOUGHT's "How To Survive A Nuclear War".
Again, all purely hypothetical. Again, we're terrified.
Is it a complete coincidence? Very maybe. But we still don't know how YouTube's mysterious Trending algorithm picks videos to feature; and until we do, allow us a moment of quiet panic.