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Notre Dame fire: YouTube hit after the live images will be displayed with a link to 9/11 info

connectVideoFirefighters struggle to contain huge blaze at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

The French authorities suggest the fire began during the renovation; Benjamin Hall reports from London.

YouTube was slammed Monday after the live images of the devastating Notre Dame blaze appeared above a link to information about the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The images have appeared with a link to an Encyclopedia Britannica remarks on 9/11, according to Gizmodo. The Verge reports that the erroneous link that appeared briefly under the live streams used by CBS News, NBC News and France 24 before the fault is resolved.

“Why in the world is an @YouTube-information about 9/11 under the Notre Dame livestream from @FRANCE24?” tweeted Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab of Harvard university.

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YouTube says that an algorithmic failure, the cause of the wrong information panel appears with the live images.

“We are deeply saddened by the ongoing fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Last year, we launched information panels with links to external sources such as the Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia for the subjects are subject to misinformation,” it explained, in a statement by e-mail to Fox News. “These panels are activated via algorithms and our systems sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for live streams in connection with the fire.”

A number of Twitter users hammered YouTube for the algorithmic snafu.

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“So if you watch a live stream of the Notre Dame burn on YouTube, a pop-up tells you about the terrorist attacks of 9/11. We are creating an Internet of algorithmic dog whistles,” tweeted Christopher Wylie, research director at H&M.

YouTube joined forces with the Encyclopedia Britannica last year in an attempt to fight fake news and conspiracy theories. “Encyclopaedia Britannica, will provide custom, fact-checked information about certain historical and scientific topics which have been subject to misinformation, and YouTube link to this information from the Britannica in searches and by watching the videos below about these topics,” explained the famous Encyclopedia, in a press release last summer.

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Earlier this year, YouTube, which is owned by Google, also announced that it is reworking its algorithm to cut down on the conspiracy video recommendations.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this article.

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