YouTube will show Wikipedia articles to fight hoaxes and conspiracy theories


YouTube develops to display an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing connivances

Thomson Reuters Posted: Mar 14, 2018 9:07 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 14, 2018 9:07 AM ET

YouTube drive begin displaying text from Wikipedia articles and other websites alongside some videos in a two of weeks as the unit of Alphabet Inc.’s Google attempts to combat hoaxes and collusion theories on the service, its CEO says.

Susan Wojcicki, speaking on stage Tuesday at the South by Southwest Colloquium in Austin, Texas, displayed a mock-up of the new feature, which are called message cues.

YouTube intends to present an alternative viewpoint to videos interrogating science or describing conspiracies about events such as the U.S. moon disembarkation.

She said information cues would first roll out to topics for which there are a pithy number of YouTube videos.

“People can still watch the videos but then they indeed have access to additional information, can click off and go and see that,” Wojcicki responded.

Lawmakers and media advocacy groups have called on YouTube to usurp stop the spread of hoaxes and false news stories.

Last year, the suite adjusted its algorithms to promote what it described as authoritative sources.

Still music and gaming videos are far more popular on YouTube, the company has turned addressing the criticism around news and science videos a top priority this year.

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