YouTube will link to Wikipedia to battle conspiracy videos

YouTube will link to Wikipedia to battle conspiracy videos

Wojcicki used several examples, including videos about the moon landing and chemtrails when describing the type of content that would get Wikipedia links.

Official statements haven't been made on how many conspiracies are now on the initial list, but it certainly will rise with time.

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.

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As per the demonstration, when a certain conspiracy-video is being streamed, a short block of text will appear directly below the video attached with a link to its corresponding Wikipedia page.

The company will now show text from Wikipedia ands other third party sources next to relevant YouTube videos propagating conspiracy theories. Also, the company hasn't mentioned the exact number of conspiracies they have put on their initial list, but it will expand with time. It's worth noting that Wikipedia is also an open platform and is subject to bad actors manipulating information, although the nonprofit org's website by design includes community-based controls to edit out falsehoods. This attitude, experts believe, is pushing viewers to extremes. Wikipedia - a crowdsourced encyclopedia written by volunteers - is an imperfect source of information, one which most college students are still forbidden from citing in their papers. "People can still watch the videos, but they actually have access to additional information".

YouTube is home to thousands of conspiracy videos covering a slew of conspiracy topics: flat Earth "evidence", fake moon landing claims, and more.

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