Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

YouTube to fight hoaxes with information cues

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Ben Pena | 14 March, 2018, 19:45

YouTube will flag conspiracy theory videos with additional information from Wikipedia in an effort to tackle the spread of disinformation on its platform. The first of this round of initiatives is called "information cues", and basically adds links to Wikipedia articles below videos about topics that often the center of debate... Talking to WIRED, Wojcicki explained that YouTube will initially focus on conspiracy theories that have a lot of discussion surrounding them: chemtrails, moon landings, fluoride and similar.

For instance, there are conspiracy theories that claim that the moon landing was a hoax. In the coming months, those videos will display a prominent "information cue" tha tlinks to Wikipedia and info from other third-party sources.

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'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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She stressed the fact that YouTube is "not a news organization" but that she was keen to ensure that people have access to the "right information".

YouTube's plan to incorporate Wikipedia links certainly won't solve all these problems, or neccessarily even work, given that Wikipedia pages can be edited by the public.

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