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YouTube will add Wikipedia snippets to conspiracy videos

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge Illustration by Alex Castro The Verge
Orlando Vargas | 14 March, 2018, 21:33

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about a new effort to combat conspiracy theories in an effort to keep the platform from peddling misinformation.

The move comes after YouTube's recommendation engine and autocomplete feature have come under fire this year for pushing users towards conspiracy theories and other divisive content.

Speaking at the SXSW conference, Wojcicki said while YouTube is not a news organisation, they still want to deliver the right information.

According to Wojcicki, the feature is set to roll out in the coming weeks.

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YouTube is the place to find the TRUTH about 9/11, the moon landing, vaccines, and the healing power of crystals. Right-wing crackpots pushed videos that claimed Parkland student David Hogg - whose classmates were murdered with a legally purchased semiautomatic rifle - was a "crisis actor" pushing the liberal agenda. YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying.

YouTube has recently made a point to crack down on conspiracy videos.

Essentially, these "information cues" will be small cards that appear directl below videos in the YouTube app. 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. For now, these "information cues" will appear next to videos that generate significant debate on the platform.

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.

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