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YouTube turns to Wikipedia to help it fight conspiracy theory videos

YouTube turns to Wikipedia to help it fight conspiracy theory videos

Videos propagating conspiracy theories about events, like the moon landing, will now be accompanied by text from Wikipedia providing facts that counter the theory, Susan Wojcicki, chief executive officer of YouTube, said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, she reportedly displayed a mock-up of the new feature, which are called information cues. "People can still watch the videos, but then they have access to additional information", Wojcicki said.

The Google-owned video giant's role in promoting conspiracy theories has made headlines of late.

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Following the incident, the attacker was detained by the seminary's administration and later handed over to the police. The PTI chief said the government must invest in the people for a brighter future.

Last month, YouTube launched a new service that will offer viewers more transparency around where news broadcasters get their funding. 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. YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying.

The video-sharing platform has faced criticism from victims and survivors of mass shootings for not only failing to clamp down on disinformation, but profiting from it, since YouTube takes a cut of the revenue from advertising on all videos. It's worth noting that Wikipedia is also an open platform and is subject to bad actors manipulating information, although the nonprofit org's website by design includes community-based controls to edit out falsehoods.


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