YouTube plans 'information cues' to combat hoaxes

YouTube will add Wikipedia snippets to conspiracy videos

YouTube will add Wikipedia snippets to conspiracy videos

She said information cues would first roll out to topics for which there are a significant number of YouTube videos.

"We're always exploring new ways to battle misinformation on YouTube", she said.

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YouTube intends to present an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about events such as the United States moon landing. The feature named - information cues, will be incorporated into the platform in the coming weeks.

Last month, a clip falsely claiming that survivors of the Parkland shooting were "crisis actors" briefly became YouTube's No 1 trending video. The linked information will be applied only to popular conspiracy topics, it seems.

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"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's recommendation algorithm itself, additionally, has been shown to push viewers down rabbit holes of the most vile, radical content regardless of political affiliation.

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. Speaking at SXSW 2018, YouTube's CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed that YouTube will be using "information cues" as a means to combat false information. But it generally provides a more neutral, empirical approach to understanding conspiracies than the more sensationalist videos that appear on YouTube.

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YouTube acknowledged that the new feature will not solve the conspiracy theory issue overnight.

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