YouTube looks to curb conspiracy theories

YouTube CEO Susan

YouTube CEO Susan

For now, these "information cues" will appear next to videos that generate significant debate on the platform.

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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. YouTube eventually pulled the video for violating its policies. 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. "I'm someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that". Talking to WIRED, Wojcicki explained that YouTube will initially focus on conspiracy theories that have a lot of discussion surrounding them: chemtrails, moon landings, fluoride and similar.

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Even Wikipedia acknowledges it's not best equipped to handle breaking news events: "Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia, not a a result, our processes and principles are created to work well with the usually contemplative process of building an encyclopaedia, not sorting out the oft-conflicting and mistaken reporting common during disaster and other breaking news events". While she did not explicitly say how exactly YouTube plans to determine what is considered a conspiracy theory video, she did say that the site will be "using a list of well-known conspiracies from Wikipedia" to help it decide which videos should receive the additional information.

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