YouTube will augment conspiracy theories with Wikipedia excerpts

YouTube tackles conspiracy videos by adding Wikipedia info

Wojcicki outlined the plan during a session Tuesday at SXSW in an on-stage interview with Wired's Nicholas Thompson.

The new features, which will be rolled out in the coming months, are part of a range of new initiatives that YouTube is considering to eradicate misinformation from the platform. "If there is an important news event, we want to be delivering the right information", she said.

YouTube announced a new measure to combat conspiracy theories by linking directly to third-party sources like Wikipedia a month after its top trending video suggested a Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor was an actor.

"Our goal is to start with a list of conspiracies around the internet where there's a lot of active discussion", Bloomberg quoted her as saying during the South by Southwest conference in Austin.

For instance, there are conspiracy theories that claim that the moon landing was a hoax.

YouTube has faced criticism not only for allowing conspiracy videos to appear on the site, but also how it has dealt with them.

YouTube says the links will present an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about events such as the Moon landings.

Do note, YouTube is the second largest search engine (next to Google) which people use to find relevant information.

YouTube described the links to Wikipedia as "information cues" created to help users make informed decisions on the validity of the videos. Furthermore, Wojcicki has stated that other sources of information will also be added aside from Wikipedia.

Still, nothing in YouTube's community guidelines specifically prohibits the uploading of conspiracy videos.

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