Monday, 25 June, 2018

YouTube Responds to Conspiracy-Videos Controversy With Plan to Link to Wikipedia

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info
Marlene Weaver | 14 March, 2018, 19:43

YouTube will flag conspiracy theory videos with additional information from Wikipedia in an effort to tackle the spread of disinformation on its platform.

YouTube will not block any conspiracy-theory content, however, unless it runs afoul of the video platform's community guidelines.

"Our goal is to start with a list of conspiracies around the internet where there's a lot of active discussion", she said, according to Bloomberg.

"If there is an important news event, we want to be delivering the right information", Wojcicki said on stage.

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Yes, anyone who purchases a pizza on Pi Day will still earn a flame for their visit when they scan the app at the register. Pi is a Greek letter and also a symbol used in geometry for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

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

Most notably, last month a video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube's No. 1 trending video. YouTube pulled them, but the incident underscored a problem at the service: What should it do with all these conspiracy-themed videos? She published an op-ed on the topic in this weekend's New York Times.

Once the features are implemented, a video calling into question events around September 11 or the Apollo Moon landing, for example, could be accompanied by a link to the official Wikipedia page on these events. These cues will appear in a text box that will link to third-party websites such as Wikipedia where users can read up more on certain topics. Furthermore, Wojcicki has stated that other sources of information will also be added aside from Wikipedia.

"People can still watch the videos but then they actually have access to additional information, can click off and go and see that", Wojcicki said.

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