YouTube will start adding links to Wikipedia and other websites on videos that promote conspiracy theories.
The move comes after the site has come under fire for recommending divisive content and conspiracy videos.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki made the announcement Tuesday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
YouTube’s recommendation engine and autocomplete feature have come under fire this year for pushing users toward conspiracy theories and other divisive content.
In coming months, Wojcicki said, conspiracy videos will start including text boxes, dubbed “information cues,” that link to third-party sources that debunk the hoaxes in question. YouTube, like other tech giants Facebook and Twitter, has long made the distinction that it is not a media organization, and thus bears less responsibility for the content on its platform.
A YouTube spokesperson told CNBC that the information cues initiative is part of broader efforts to tackle the proliferation of misinformation on the site.
YouTube Responds to Conspiracy-Videos Controversy With Plan to Link to Wikipedia
After weeks of YouTube facing scrutiny over the proliferation of conspiracy-theory videos on its service, CEO Susan Wojcicki announced a new strategy to combat misinformation by pointing users to Wikipedia and other third-party sites debunking them.
Wojcicki outlined the plan during a session Tuesday at SXSW in an on-stage interview with Wired’s Nicholas Thompson. “Our goal is to start with a list of internet conspiracies listed on the internet where there is a lot of active discussion on YouTube,” she said, as reported by Wired. Read Full Article Here.