YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki admits that the company knows its users don't like the video giant rigging its own algorithm to boost "authoritative" mainstream sources, but that they do it anyway.
For several years now, the company has artificially gamed its own search engine to ensure that independent content creators are buried underneath a wall of mainstream media content.
This rigging is so severe that the company basically broke its own search engine, with some videos posted by independent creators almost impossible to find even if the user searches for the exact title.
The change was made to help struggling mainstream networks who were losing the eyeball war to independent content creators despite their massive financial backing.
In an interview with the New York Times' "Rabbit Hole" podcast, Wojcicki said the decision to push "authoritative" search results was made after the Nice massacre, but that even after the change, these results were performing poorly in terms of engagement.