YouTube Has a Temporary Fix for Conspiracy Theory Videos


YouTube says the links will present an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about events such as the Moon landings.

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"Our goal is to start with a list of conspiracies listed on the internet where there is a lot of active discussion on YouTube", Wojcicki said, adding that the site did not want to censor videos, or prevent people from watching them. The linked information will be applied only to popular conspiracy topics, it seems.

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.

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The move comes after a year in which YouTube has been pilloried for hosting extremist content and driving more attention to it through algorithmic recommendations that critics say are created to push viewers to extremes. 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. The video giant will roll out the feature in the coming months, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at the South By Southwest tech conference on Wednesday.

YouTube was slammed after its algorithm promoted conspiracy theories in the wake of shootings in Las Vegas and Florida.

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