YouTube Collaborates With Wikipedia To Combat Fake News

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about a new effort to combat conspiracy theories in an effort to keep the platform from peddling misinformation. At SXSW, we announced plans to show additional information cues, including a text box linking to third-party sources around widely accepted events, like the moon landing.

"Our goal is to start with a list of conspiracies around the internet where there's a lot of active discussion", Bloomberg quoted her as saying during the South by Southwest conference in Austin.

YouTube is taking decisive action to combat an avalanche of conspiracy theory videos that have spread across the site in the wake of the Parkland shooting, after many far right creators mischaracterized survivors as "crisis actors" seeking to push stricter gun laws. Media investigations have shed light on YouTube's difficulties preventing its algorithm from promoting false information.


For example, on a video questioning whether humans ever actually landed on the Moon, YouTube might provide a link to Wikipedia's page on the Apollo 11 lunar-landing mission in 1969.

YouTube to add "information cues" to videos that deal with conspiracy theories and similar controversial topics. 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. YouTube pulled them, but the incident underscored a problem at the service: What should it do with all these conspiracy-themed videos?

"So YouTube will be sending people to text?"

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