Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
YouTube Didn't Recognize ‘Stock Market Crash’ as NewsBy
As the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its biggest intraday point decline in history Monday, Google’s YouTube didn’t immediately recognize "stock market crash" as a "newsy" search term, a top executive for the social media video platform said Thursday.
Instead, YouTube’s algorithm saw "’stock market plunge’ as a newsy inquiry," said Juniper Downs, the Alphabet Inc.-owned video service’s global head of public policy.
She suggested the difference might result from terms emerged in news coverage of the tumble, when the Dow ultimately closed down 1,175 points, or 4.6 percent.
"Those subtleties in language can cause our systems to misfire on occasion," Downs said.