YouTube will fight conspiracy videos with Wikipedia links

YouTube will fight conspiracy videos with Wikipedia links

YouTube will fight conspiracy videos with Wikipedia links

While she did not explicitly say how exactly YouTube plans to determine what is considered a conspiracy theory video, she did say that the site will be "using a list of well-known conspiracies from Wikipedia" to help it decide which videos should receive the additional information. The feature named - information cues, will be incorporated into the platform in the coming weeks.

Wojcicki, who spoke Tuesday evening at a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, showed examples of information cues for videos about the moon landing and chemtrails.

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For instance, there are conspiracy theories that claim that the moon landing was a hoax.

Though music and gaming videos are far more popular on YouTube, the company has made addressing the criticism around news and science videos a top priority this year. YouTube's autoplay algorithms appear created to promote increasingly radical content, across politics and other subject areas, in an effort to keep users watching as long as possible, according to Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina.

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YouTube described the links to Wikipedia as "information cues" created to help users make informed decisions on the validity of the videos.

It's a problem for people that are looking for real information about something and YouTube will fight this according to its chief executive officer Susan Wojcicki. It's worth noting that Wikipedia is also an open platform and is subject to bad actors manipulating information, although the nonprofit org's website by design includes community-based controls to edit out falsehoods.

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