YouTube "Tweaks" Its Search Algos After Las Vegas Conspiracy Theories Go Viral

Tyler Durden's picture

In Silicon Valley's ongoing crusade to make sure that you only consume mainstream media propaganda, you know because $100,000 worth of Facebook ads crushed Hillary's campaign and changed the course of human history forever, YouTube has joined the likes of Facebook and Twitter in saying that it will promote more "authoritative sources in search results" going forward.  All of which, once again, begs the question of who gets to determine who is an "authoritative source?"

As the Wall Street Journal points out today, YouTube searches for "Las Vegas Shooting" earlier this week included a video from "End Times News Report" with the title "Proof Las Vegas Shooting Was a FALSE FLAG Attack - Shooter on 4th Floor."  The video, created by Jake Morphonios who posts YouTube videos in his spare time, quickly went viral and amassed over 1.1 million views in just 27 hours...but all that changed when YouTube decided to censor Morphonios' content and replace it with mainstream media know for your protection.

For example, the fifth result when searching “Las Vegas shooting” on YouTube late Tuesday yielded a video titled “Proof Las Vegas Shooting Was a FALSE FLAG attack—Shooter on 4th Floor.” The video said there were multiple shooters in Sunday’s mass shooting, a claim dismissed by law enforcement. Posted by a channel called the End Times News Report, it amassed more than 1.1 million views in about 27 hours.


The high search ranking of the End Times News Report video claiming there was a second shooter in Las Vegas helped it gain 371,000 views over four hours late Tuesday. On Wednesday, YouTube removed the video.


Jake Morphonios, who runs the End Times News Report along with a damaged-inventory-liquidation business in Kernersville, N.C., said the video eventually reached 2.5 million views. “It was a hot topic, of course, and was going to get some views anyway, but it really did get caught in [YouTube’s] algorithm and went viral from there,” he said. “Clearly it got into featured videos or something.” The 43-year-old said he has posted about 800 videos and typically gets about 5,000 views each.


He said he aims to offer viewers information on news events that mainstream news sources won’t. “It’s my opinion, it’s my analysis, and everyone’s got an opinion, and I can understand that maybe they don’t want me to be considered the equivalent of The Wall Street Journal or the New York Times or something like that,” he said. “But still, I’m not presenting myself as mainstream media. I’m just a guy with a computer offering an opinion. And to be punished for that is, well, it’s draconian.”

Not surprisingly, YouTube said the the "tweaks" made to their search engines were designed to promote more "authoritative sources," especially when searches are related to "major news events."

In response to criticism on social media of some search results this week, a person familiar with YouTube said the company is accelerating the rollout of planned changes to its search engine. On Wednesday night, the video service began promoting more authoritative sources in search results, especially pertaining to major news events, the person said. YouTube doesn’t disclose how it determines which sources are authoritative.

But while YouTube refused to offer any insights into how they plan to decipher "authoritative sources" from "non-authoritative sources", running the same search for "Las Vegas shooting" today, after YouTube's 'tweaks', provides some clues on their methodology...

Conclusion, YouTube's 'tweaks' have turned it into nothing more than a mainstream media echo chamber.

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Bigly's picture

Break up these anti-freedom monopolies immediately.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Jewgle and Kikebook. Anti semetic, no pro reality!

johngaltfla's picture

Tweak is Yiddish for "censor".

Four chan's picture


Juggernaut x2's picture

Shut it down, the goyim know.

Urahara's picture

Found out by accident there really is a jewtube. Probably have lots of "fun stuff" to keep from the goy there.

Rapunzal's picture

You tube is manipulating our comments as well. They put you on a list if you are critical to the common views. I cannot comment anymore.
They clamp down slowly.

blue51's picture

Youtube will not let me comment unless I give a cell # .It will not let me set uup an account . Am I missing an alternate way ?

chunga's picture

That happened to me last night when I tried to watch one of these Las Vegas videos. I had to log in to watch it then I got a message saying my account was suspicious activity and they emailed me a "confirmation code", I put that in and then they wanted my cell number. I said fuck it no way. Then they sent me another email saying someone had my password.

Fuck you google. There's an opportunity for an enterprising alternative to skynet.

Lumberjack's picture

Been seeing that for awile looking into the renewables scams.

AlaricBalth's picture

A joint CIA-NSA program partly funded Sergey Brin to develop the core of Google, through a grant to Stanford managed by Brin’s supervisor Prof. Jeffrey D. Ullman.

johngaltfla's picture

Bingo. One of the largest subcontractors to the DoD, DHS, and NSA is Google.

SybilDefense's picture

His real name is Brin Sergey, as in "If you do not obey I give you Brin Sergey in da hed"

All search engines should allow for an upfront togglesetting  asking if you want all real results, or just the reality that has been prepared for you.  Fukemall

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Sure - and don't be surprised when you ultimately learn that Satoshi was a spook name.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Chunga,

Say it with me.


Find alternative systems. They’re out there. Find them.

Decentralize from the Borg.

They’re nothing more than Criminal Sub Intel Agencies & "Company Man" / front men for the

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.

Pure Evil Amazon's front man is Bezos.

Pure Evil Goolgle's front man is Criminal Schmitt.

FaceFuck's is Zuckerberg.

All "Company Men."


Simplifiedfrisbee's picture

It is all you loons who believe in lies.

WhackoWarner's picture

Good luck with that.

Never ever understood this herion-like addiction of people.  This blind idiotic addiction to Youtube.  To Google.  To Facebook,

In the face of all information on censoring, tracking, spying, selling info,  With all the information of manipulation, disrespect and abuse.  People still run to these places like they embrace stupidity.

I have no hope left in any way or shape for USA.  Stupidity rules on every level including DC crooks who think they are in power.


Who are these fools and why are they allowed to decide your thought patterns and access to information? 

There is no USA.  So give up on any comment that even thinks there is some constitution or rule of law.  Why waste money on any court?  let alone some Supreme? opinion that dismantles rights.


Until USA repeals corporations are people decision by the Supreme annointed politicos.........yer frigged.  Corporations are NOT people.  Any fool on this planet knows that.  Defies any intelligence to not see that Monsanto is not a person.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Do you have any idea who the corporation was who spawned the lawsuit Citizen United, and what were the free speech issues at stake? If you were a Hillary! supporter interested in suppressing damaging information about her, then I could see the flawed reasoning behind your ridiculous statement. Otherwise, suck it up. Free speech IS what happens when people can band together to pool resources and create messaging to counteract the media monopolies.

PS - there is still excellent information to be found on YT. Patreon has allowed content producers to bypass the monetization carrot & stick. Truthstream Media still has the best and most relevant video I have seen yet concerning the LV operation.


GooseShtepping Moron's picture

Raises the question, damn it! Raises the question.

To "beg the question" is to commit the logical fallacy of assuming the thing to be proven. Why do so many people still insist on getting this wrong?

WhackoWarner's picture

Just quit using it.

I do not do youtube...never google,,,,,no twitting,,,,,no apps,,,,,,,no smart appliances.  No cellular phone.  no GPS in my car. Use Adblock.

Use Tor.  AND I say again.......I have a landline phone.  I want nothing to do with carrying a personal GPS tracking device with surveillance software built in.  And beyond that I do not need to speak with anyone 24/7.

Send me a letter via postal system if you have any ability to know how to buy a stamp.

Stay away from these friggin Apps.  You hand over your privacy.  Boycott these idiots.  The FANGS darlings. 

Unless completely brainwashed there is no need for any of this in any life.

WhackoWarner's picture

OK my private rant.

I had internet way way way before anyone around me did.  I have watched people become so hooked to this garbage.  And it is garbage.  I use internet for information. I use my actual life for social interaction.

I have watched this internet over almost 30 years devolve from a boon to the world into a long TV commercial but a commercial with brainswashing beyond "the whiter wash and better tire".  Insane how addicted people are. To the point where a Youtube tweak reverberates and has this power.

DO NOT USE THEM.  DO NOT GO TO YOUTUBE.  DO NOT ALLOW GOOGLE (use like duckgogo), DO NOT TWITTER DO NOT FACEBOOK AT ANYTIME. Do not have a Microshite account,,,,turn off your Customer Experience at least....


Do not use hotmail, Gmail.....good lord it is not that hard to be minimally private.


Walk away from this nonsense before this idiot kid runs for president in 2020.  Zuckerberg?  Just quit playing all you junkies.

dumluk's picture

But, but, but.............all that great streaming music?

olibur's picture

I'm with you on these but TOR is not safe either.

shovelhead's picture

Because it's inconsequential and nobody cares.

Akzed's picture

Thank you. As soon as I saw that in the beginning of the article I quit reading and posted below. It's heartening to know that there are others who share my warped concerns.

historian40's picture

We can be honest or hypocrites.  Without viewers, they die.


Conscious Reviver's picture

Yes, there should be an alternative to YouTube, but they are not going to die from lack of funding. The (((Deep State))) has access to endless FRNs. There's another article on ZH right now about the Pentagram "losing" another $1 Trillion. Market forces that they describe in Econ 101 are not in play here.

The question is - Does YouTube or Facebook or Google or Dancing with Stars or Oxycontin or whatever provide value to the (((Deep States))) ability to maintain control the population? If so, finding the FRNs to keep it going is a trivial task for the (((Babylonian Money Magicians))) and their printing press.

WhackoWarner's picture

Good point except people lie.  They will comment here about the invasive evil of it all.........and then run to share on Facefrig. twitting etc.  Gotta share my smarts.

Probably a good thing to turn this addiction off for a few months.  Maybe some people will wake up.

You say "Without viewers, they die."  Not to insult BUT did you run to tweet that to buddies? or share on facefrig? 

lester1's picture

We need a conservative alternative to  gay YouTube.

historian40's picture

*in a Bill Clinton voice* "It depends on what the definition of conservative is."

That label seems to be applied from maniacal zionists to Trotsyites to sold out speech-givers.  R does not equal conservative, for the record.

kbohip's picture

It could be called "NoJewTube."


Anyone with a functioning brain cell will
be labled a domestic terrorist and thrown in a FEMA camp.

Ms No's picture

Considering the context of recent history, this one act by Youtube shows you everything you need to know.  Without anything else it becomes obvious right there.

equity_momo's picture

Honest question.

What is stopping someone replicating the creation of their own search engine/media platform?

Surely the hard work has been done and its now just a case of employing the cheapest manual labourers on the block to build the next skyscraper ?

DjangoCat's picture

Blockchain, bitchez.  Decentralised encrypted storage.. Maidsafe.  Once its there, it stays there.


Peak Finance's picture


What is stopping someone replicating the creation of their own search engine/media platform?

Becuase it would take a HUGE amount of money, and the same people that would FINANCE a HUGE operation like this are the same people that:

Benefit from the censorship

Benefit from the current Anarco-Tyranny System

Benefit from the money printing

Benefit from keeping you in the dark

Benefit from the "Blue Pill" thinking (So "Red Pill Thinking must be destroyed)

etc etc.

ALSO, just look at DailyStormer, if they don't like your content they can simply ban you from the Internet. bye bye all that investor money! 


Conscious Reviver's picture

Pretty good Las Vegas video.

Author says her video was banned on YT.

Akzed's picture

Let us know how it works out!

Automatic Choke's picture

Because as soon as you have even 0.1% as much traffic as YT, they will offer you huge $$ to buy your site, which you will not be able to resist.  Then they will either bury it, or "leave it alone" while slowly filling it with opposing trolls, or worse, trolls who overreach your own arguments to the point of embarrassment, like they do here on ZeroHedge (now proudly owned by ABC Media).   If/when they are successful, your site will also have nothing of substance, and all the real thinking folks will be driven away (or at least too embarrassed by the stupid comments to send links to their friends).



RozKo's picture

They can censor and tweak everything they like, people will always be drawn to a different opinions. Its when they try to silence those opinions that people are drawn to them even more. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

I debunked the 4th floor video in about 10 minutes when I saw the flashing lights on the ground that correlated with the flash reflection in the window, but what fucking business is it of Youtube to take away the video?!  It just goes to show that these fuckheads consider themselves our overlords, probably because people allow them to be.  I've never used Facebook and now it looks like Youtube needs to be avoided.  The only power we have over these idiots is to stop using their services.

RozKo's picture

CNN has proven to have fake news on many occasions, are  they going to censor them too? 

LetThemEatRand's picture

You already know the answer to that question.   It's amazing how these so-called private companies invariably toe the line for the government and its mouthpiece, MSM.   It certainly adds weight to the "conspiracy theory" that Youtube and Facebook are deep state creations.'s picture

The analysis of the 4th floor, second shooter video was "fishy" from the very beginning.  Gullible humans are easily convinced with very little evidence.  It's scary to think about how many innocent people are rotting in prisons because of the gullible fools on juries. Did the shooter have magic bullets that are able to travel through glass with breaking it?  If we are not doomed because of the MIC, then we are certainly doomed because of the mass of gullible humans. 


A fairly decent analysis is currently available here:

juicy_bananas's picture

Patent US6506148 B2

Nervous system manipulation by electromagnetic fields from monitors.

Why do people go into a trance at video poker monitors?

DennisR's picture

1984. War is peace.