YouTube announces Wikipedia plans without actually telling Wikipedia first

YouTube announces Wikipedia plans without actually telling Wikipedia first

This week, YouTube announced that they would begin putting links to relevant Wikipedia articles underneath videos identified as potential conspiracy theory content, to combat the spread of fake news.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at SXSW earlier this week said the Google-owned video sharing site would soon be adding "information cues" to videos dealing with conspiracy theories, hoaxes and those that have inspired significant public debate.

"We are always happy to see people, companies, and organizations recognize Wikipedia's value as a repository of free knowledge", the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, said in a statement.

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"What I like about this unit is that it's actually pretty extensible", she noted. "We were not given advance notice of this announcement".

YouTube doesn't have to officially partner with Wikipedia to use information from the site, but it's extremely unusual that the company would consider it to be perfectly fine to make the announcement without giving Wikipedia a quick heads-up first. A short extract from the Wikipedia description of the event appears directly below the clip, with a link to the Wiki page included. "We encourage companies who use Wikimedia's content to give back in the spirit of sustainability", the Wikimedia Foundation statement added. One prominent Wikipedia editor was quick to warn that YouTube's misinformation problems run deeper than anything that could be solved by an "irregularly updated *encyclopedia*". "Anyone can edit Wikipedia, and research shows that as more people contribute, articles become more accurate and more balanced".

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