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YouTube Didn't Recognize ‘Stock Market Crash’ as News

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.

Downs testified before lawmakers from the U.K. Parliament who traveled to Washington, D.C., for a hearing on fake news with executives from Facebook Inc., Google and Twitter Inc.

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