YouTube To Use 'Information Cues' To Combat Fake News

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YouTube videos focusing on conspiracy theories will now link to a snippet of information on the topic from Wikipedia.

Wojcicki outlined the plan during a session Tuesday at SXSW in an on-stage interview with Wired's Nicholas Thompson.

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It's a problem for people that are looking for real information about something and YouTube will fight this according to its chief executive officer Susan Wojcicki.

"Our goal is to start with a list of conspiracies around the internet where there's a lot of active discussion", Bloomberg quoted her as saying during the South by Southwest conference in Austin. She didn't provide a specific timeline for when the new features would roll out.

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Last month, a clip falsely claiming that survivors of the Parkland shooting were "crisis actors" briefly became YouTube's No 1 trending video.

YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.'s Google, has faced months of scrutiny for inappropriate and misleading information on the site. YouTube eventually pulled the video for violating its policies. 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.

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YouTube will help combat that by linking to information about the topic found on Wikipedia. A look at the service shows that some of these videos have tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of views. So, YouTube will find it hard to ensure that the information in the suggested pages is factually correct.

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