YouTube Turning To Wikipedia To Help Combat Conspiracy Videos

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

"We will show as a companion unit next to the video information from Wikipedia showing information about the event", said the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, on stage at the film and technology festival SXSW. Last month, YouTube said it would start alerting users about videos from news corporations that get funding from governments. The feature named - information cues, will be incorporated into the platform in the coming weeks. The video accused David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting who has since spoken out for gun control, of being a "crisis actor".

YouTube described the links to Wikipedia as "information cues" created to help users make informed decisions on the validity of the videos. She said information cues would first roll out to topics for which there are a significant number of YouTube videos. The linked information will be applied only to popular conspiracy topics, it seems. And Wikipedia itself is battling against sock puppets (the use of multiple accounts to skirt regulations), bad sourcing and fringe editors, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. "People can still watch the videos but then they actually have access to additional information, can click off and go and see that", she said. YouTube pulled them, but the incident underscored a problem at the service: What should it do with all these conspiracy-themed videos?

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In breaking news situations, the web's speed becomes a double-edged sword for tech companies trying to combat fake news and disinformation: Will YouTube be able to keep up with the spread of conspiracy theory videos during the next major news event?

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