Information Cues: New YouTube Feature Adds Wikipedia Links To Conspiracy Videos
Mar 14 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
She did make clear that "we are not a news organization", however.
The new features, which will be rolled out in the coming months, are part of a range of new initiatives that YouTube is considering to eradicate misinformation from the platform.
Wojcicki saidYouTube will begin to show information from third-party sources, including Wikipedia, to provide facts around widely accepted events, like the moon landing. The video accused David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting who has since spoken out for gun control, of being a "crisis actor".
YouTube to add "information cues" to videos that deal with conspiracy theories and similar controversial topics. The linked information will be applied only to popular conspiracy topics, it seems.
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.
Speaking at the SXSW conference, Wojcicki said while YouTube is not a news organisation, they still want to deliver the right information.
In the case of the Parkland "conspiracy actors" video, YouTube ultimately removed it, though by that time it had already garnered thousands of views.
YouTube acknowledged that the new feature will not solve the conspiracy theory issue overnight.