Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

YouTube will use Wikipedia to try and solve its conspiracy theory problem

YouTube will use Wikipedia to try and solve its conspiracy theory problem

Google says that the aim of the new "information cues" is to combat conspiracy theory videos it hosts, as well as trying to combat hoaxes.

Wojcicki outlined the plan during a session Tuesday at SXSW in an on-stage interview with Wired's Nicholas Thompson. The first of this round of initiatives is called "information cues", and basically adds links to Wikipedia articles below videos about topics that often the center of debate...

Speaking at the SXSW conference, Wojcicki said while YouTube is not a news organisation, they still want to deliver the right information.

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. Most notably, last month a video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube's No. 1 trending video. "When there are videos that are focused around something that's a conspiracy - and we're using a list of well-known internet conspiracies from Wikipedia - then we will show a companion unit of information from Wikipedia showing that here is information about the event", Wojcicki said. YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying.

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

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