YouTube link to Wikipedia at the battle conspiracy videos

File photo – YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, seen above, announced changes to improve the video platform at the South by Southwest festival.


YouTube has announced a new measure to combat conspiracy theories with a link to external resources such as Wikipedia a month after the top trending video suggested a Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor was an actor.

The Google-owned video platform, which is under fire to clamp down on the burgeoning growth of a conspiracy-oriented videos that bloom after the big news, the events, the announced new “information cues” South by Southwest (SXSW) on Tuesday.

“We are always exploring new ways to fight the campaign of disinformation on YouTube. We announced plans to show additional information cues, such as a text box, link to external sources around the accepted events, such as the landing on the moon,” a YouTube spokesperson told Fox News.

The new features, which will be rolled out in the coming months, are part of a series of new initiatives, YouTube is considering to eradicate misinformation of the platform. The company has ended up removing the video suggests Park survivor David Hogg was an actor and issued an apology.

When the features are implemented, a video-calling into question the events surrounding Sept. 11 or the Apollo moon landing, for example, can be accompanied by a link to the official Wikipedia page about these events.


“Our goal is to start with a list of internet conspiracies on the internet where there are many active discussion on YouTube,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at SXSW, reports Wired.

However, only posting links to unverified information, in addition to conspiracy clips doesn’t mean that users actually click on them. YouTube is the recommendation of algorithm itself, and additionally, it is shown pushing viewers down rabbit holes of the most vile, radical content, regardless of the political colour. And Wikipedia itself is fighting against sock puppets (the use of multiple accounts to skirt the regulations), poor sourcing, and fringe editors, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“People can still watch the videos, but then they have access to additional information,” added Wojcicki.

Still nothing in the YouTube community guidelines specifically forbids the upload of a conspiracy videos.

In breaking news situations where internet speed is a double-edged sword for the tech-companies are trying to fight fake news and disinformation: YouTube can keep up with the spread of the conspiracy theory videos during the next big news event?

That is an open question.


Christopher Carbone is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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