YouTube will augment conspiracy theories with Wikipedia excerpts

YouTube will augment conspiracy theories with Wikipedia excerpts

Susan Wojcicki, chief executive of YouTube, said information cues would first roll out to subjects that have conspiracy theories related to them, such as the United States moon landing.

Wojcicki said YouTube would display "information clues" from independent sources, including Wikipedia, to provide facts around widely accepted events, like the moon landing, and debunk conspiracy theories.

In the coming months, conspiracy videos posted on YouTube will begin to display text boxes called "information cues", which link to Wikipedia and other third-party sources to discredit a hoax.

YouTube said these features will roll out in the coming months, but she can not share further information about its plans at this stage.

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According to Wojcicki, the informative pop-ups will appear between the video and the video title and description, giving the information prominent placement as the viewer watches the video.

Last autumn, the YouTube channel of the Quds News Network was suspended for allegedly violating "community guidelines" over a video showing Hamas' Qassam Brigades fighters during the 2014 Gaza war. She acknowledged the vast extent of the issue and explained the platform would be launching a new tool in an effort to fight the spread of disinformation. Who cares? And why Google is feeling some moral obligation to keep the people's heads nice and clean? If you search Google for videos about common conspiracy theories, whether it's fluoridation in the water as mind control or that Alex Jones is secretly Bill Hicks, the video will prominently place a Wikipedia link on the site for users to click through and read the thorough debunking. But perhaps even more similarly, Facebook then said it would provide further context by offering what it sees as a variety of viewpoints on a subject or news story.

YouTube certainly has a lot to contend with-not just because regulators around the world are increasingly calling for a crackdown on online misinformation, but because the problem is getting worse. "The lack of a good way to encourage mass defacing of Wikipedia articles at scale". YouTube has faced criticism on both sides of the coin: the toll on workers' health and the amount of questionable content on the platform.

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