YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

The Apollo 11 mission

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

Wojcicki says that, in the case of the moon landing, for example, both conspiracy videos and documentaries would have the link.

At SXSW, YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki revealed that the site is pairing up with Wikipedia to try and curb the spread of conspiracy theory videos.

"Our goal is to start with a list of conspiracies around the internet where there's a lot of active discussion", she said at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

"People can still watch the videos, but then they have access to additional information", she said, according to Wired.

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Though music and gaming videos are far more popular on YouTube, the company has made addressing the criticism around news and science videos a top priority this year. YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying. 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.

Wojcicki said YouTube will begin to show information from third-party sources, including Wikipedia, to provide facts around widely accepted events, like the moon landing. 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...

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