YouTube to fight conspiracy videos with an encyclopedia in hand

YouTube to fight conspiracy videos with an encyclopedia in hand
Two months ago, YouTube hired 10,000 moderators to form what is known as the "Intelligence Desk". It had one goal in mind – to find and tackle conspiracy and hoax videos before they become popular. However, the peacekeepers failed when they let a video, depicting the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to be a conspiracy also deeming all the survivors "crisis actors", become #1 in the Trending video section. This was a huge fail, but YouTube will not give up, as it plans to arm for the ongoing battle between conspiracy and truth with the power of... knowledge.

Susan Wojcicki, YouTube's CEO, said conspiracy videos might include a text box underneath, which will lead to an information source regarding the topic. This was announced at the SXSW media festival in Austin, TX. An example of the feature was also shown, including the top moon landing conspiracy theories and to counter that – a Wikipedia page about the first landing on the Moon.


However, this idea could be plagued by some serious issues and the first one may be Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia indeed has information regarding almost any topic, but if you fight conspiracies, you need the most accurate information available, and that can sometimes be a problem for Wikipedia, pointed out even by the website itself. Another problem might be one of Wikipedia's key features – it's free to edit. Although a selling point, this could cause chaos in YouTube's scenario, as it is another way to manipulate information seen by users.

Of course, if YouTube wants to get serious about the situation, it can always ban out controversial channels. However, that may not be the right option for the company. Conspiracy videos are not subject to censorship. They are nothing more than someone voicing their opinion on a subject and if it happens to be a controversial one, that's fine. YouTube is a video sharing platform and banning conspiracy videos would cause more controversy than the videos themselves. That's where issue two lies – YouTube needs to tread carefully, as it's walking on thin ice at the moment.

So what's left for YouTube to do? If it indeed wants to fight conspiracy videos, the company may have to overhaul it's video ranking algorithm or hire another 10,000 moderators to join the "Intelligence Desk", who knows. But a random information box underneath each controversial video might not do the job, YouTube, unless you execute the feature really, really well.

source: Gizmodo, @movandy

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29 Comments

1. antmiu2

Posts: 549; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

People are waking up to the Flat Earth movement and all the false flag exposing.

2. Jacksie66 unregistered

Waking up to the fact that the flat earth theory is utterly retarded..

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1196; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

But, but... When a plane is flying straight ahead, then why doesn't it fly into space??? (/sarcasm).

6. antmiu2

Posts: 549; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Because gravity magically corrects the angle and the altitude of commercial flights!! // sarcasm

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

By the way, hoax videos are more popular than any other on YouTube....

33. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Flat earth is fake. But Left Wing censorship by YouTube is real. Censorship by the Left and Fake News is completely out of control. They are removing any channel that does not fit the Left Wing narrative. Every major airgun channel (yes, actual BB gun TOYS used for target shooting) was removed overnight and many conservative channels as well. 3 conservative members of the press were just jailed and returned to the US from the UK for "being terrorists" over an interview they were scheduled to do with anti-immigration pundits. Wake up, World.

39. audibot

Posts: 585; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

correct turboc6 is that a audi c6 ?

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6382; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Screw that...I'm still trying to wake up to the fact that free speech was a thing not too long ago. Thanks liberals for slowly ruining everything. I really don't appreciate being moderated with what I choose to watch.

12. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Of course, in order to believe your narrative, we'd have to turn a blind eye to the people who spent years protesting rap and rock lyrics, violent video games, graphic movies, and ummmm..... taking a knee at football games.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Using whataboutism isn’t a valid argument.

26. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Hypocrisy and double standards end all arguments.

18. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I was about to say I'm surprised that no one brought up politics. this article isn't about politics, get that out of here

34. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

I aree. But, CENSORSHIP has become rampant from the Lett, and YouTube is making it political and only removing Right Wing and Conservative channels. YOUTUBE is making it political.

31. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

I know your biggest achievement is probably getting your High School Diploma, but please try and keep up here. How exactly are they moderating what you're watching? They are still allowing you to watch it, just giving you the facts as well.

35. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Typical Liberal is so stupid that they need things dumbed down for them. YouTube is only removing channels that are Right Wing and Conservative. That's political based censorship and it's wrong. Remove ALL politics, or leave ALL views up.

38. audibot

Posts: 585; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

the truth shall set you free, since you have never seen earth from "space"

4. Whitedot

Posts: 660; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Anything from benefit of the doubt or to question even flat earth theory or what ever is my own right, right to exercise even though I don't take it seriously. Other thing is Wikipedia that even retardest or wicked person can edit and adjust multiply times its records gives me no reason to take this info library seriously. Many vlogers are brilliant in questioning status quo in sober , rational manner led by full set of scientific methods. Are they going to clamp down on scientific enquiry too?

5. LikeMyself

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

So conspiracy theories are now wrong!?!? I don't want to live in this world. Sundar Pichai is the worst thing that happened to Google & mankind

9. DurTeeDee

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Why is Google moderating user content like this, shouldn't they let what rises to the top rise rather than culling it.

10. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

...and face lawsuits like Infowars on their Charlotesville conspiracies or Fox News on their Seth Rich conspiracies? No. Bots can and have caused things to "rise to the top". So, I'm not sure why that would be a metric you think is acceptable. Sorry man. But the truth still matters in this world as much as some people would like to do away with it. Maybe people should create their own conspiracy sites instead of thinking its Google's responsibility to help traffic in nonsense. I'm sure Phonearena has a vested interest in not reporting "Elvis, 2pac, and Biggie sighted using the IPhone" as much as the story would "rise to the top".

36. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Joe Rogan, who many consider Left Wing now, has the one of the most viewed channels on YouTube. He does NOT agree with Alex Jones, but had him on his YouTube channel. It was the HIGHEST VIEWED episode on possibly the largest podcast in the world. YouTube censored it by removing it from the most viewed list. Rogan himself complained about this obvious censorship. Wake up, people.

41. audibot

Posts: 585; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

thats why they took the video down of the car being hit with a baseball bat on the back bumper before he freaked and gunned it.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Just like people can take responsibility for playing the lottery, smoking, having addictions, etc, people should also be expected to make up their own mind about conspiracy video. Personally, I think they’re bogus, but for Google to decide what the “truth” is by essentially silencing, and libs to make up and repeat rumors posing as truth, is disturbingly close to something the Nazis did.

19. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Your blatant violation of Godwin's Law over Google deciding what videos it will allow on its private site is laughable considering the conservative position is to allow private businesses to control itself. While you're tossing out "Nazi" comparisons, I can promise that in many other countries, the government is controlling content and not private business. Private businesses regulating its own content is the exact opposite of what you're claiming. if someone wants to talk about 9/11 was a hoax, the Newtown kids were actors, the Obama newspaper birth announcement was faked along with the moon landing, then they are 100% free to create their own site and scream it all day long. In fact, they do. And no "Nazi" as stopped them.

25. zennacko unregistered

Pizzas are flat, and so is the Earth. And the moon is also flat. And so is the sun. And so are we.

28. gamehead unregistered

Alex Jones is shook

32. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Sooooo many misinformed comments on free speech. The US education system really is awful, but what do you expect from a country with barely a quarter of its population educated.

37. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

The fact that morons like you hate America and Trump, is exactly why he is going to be reelected and the AMERICA FIRST philosophy should take over as it is. America should have let you and your cesspool country be destroyed and let you all starve instead of babysitting you all for the last century. And, when the Internet and the Info on it is being considered by governments to be a new basic human right, free speech and net neutrality SHOULD be applied to internet.

43. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Ahahahaha nice try, THEYtube!

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