YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

Galtero Lara
Marcha 14, 2018

Today in Austin, Texas at the annual South by Southwest festival, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that Google is planning several moves over the next year to tackle misinformation on the platform. At the moment, Wojcicki told WIRED editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson, YouTube will include links alongside conspiracy theories that have garnered "significant debate" on the site.

In the coming months, Wojcicki said, conspiracy videos will start including text boxes, dubbed "information cues", that link to third-party sources that debunk the hoaxes in question.

Even Wikipedia acknowledges it's not best equipped to handle breaking news events: "Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia, not a newspaper.as 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".

Also, because Wikipedia pages are crowd-sourced, a page for a given event may not necessarily be accurate.

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Wojcicki said that hatefulness is "more clear" than if something is true or false, and that YouTube doesn't want to be an arbiter of truth. "What I like about this unit is that it's actually pretty extensible", she said.

"So YouTube will be sending people to text?"

YouTube, like other tech giants Facebook and Twitter, has long made the distinction that it is not a media organization, and thus bears less responsibility for the content on its platform.

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