YouTube to display Wikipedia blurbs alongside conspiracy videos

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YouTube will start displaying textual content from Wikipedia articles and different web sites alongside some videos in a few weeks because the unit of Alphabet Inc’s Google makes an attempt to fight hoaxes and conspiracy theories on the service, its chief govt stated on Tuesday.

Susan Wojcicki, talking on stage on the South by Southwest Convention in Austin, Texas, displayed a mock-up of the brand new characteristic, that are referred to as data cues.

YouTube intends to current another viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about occasions such because the U.S. moon touchdown. She stated data cues would first roll out to matters for which there are a major variety of YouTube videos.

“Individuals can nonetheless watch the videos however then they really have entry to further data, can click on off and go and see that,” Wojcicki stated.

Lawmakers and media advocacy teams have referred to as on YouTube to assist cease the unfold of hoaxes and false information tales. Final 12 months, the corporate adjusted its algorithms to promote what it described as authoritative sources.

Although music and gaming videos are way more common on YouTube, the corporate has made addressing the criticism round information and science videos a prime precedence this 12 months.

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