YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about conspiracies

YouTube CEO Susan

YouTube CEO Susan

"We will show as a companion unit next to the video information from Wikipedia showing information about the event", said the company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, on stage at the film and technology festival SXSW.

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.

YouTube has announced that videos that focus on conspiracy theories will now link to a snippet of information on the topic from Wikipedia.

"People can still watch the videos, but then they have access to additional information", she said, according to WIRED.

Google's video streaming platform has faced criticism following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. when conspiracy theory videos proliferated on the platform.

YouTube's plan to incorporate Wikipedia links certainly won't solve all these problems, or neccessarily even work, given that Wikipedia pages can be edited by the public. However, it still provides a far more neutral and empirical approach to topics, including conspiracies, when compared to some of the opinionated extremist videos on YouTube. Furthermore, Wojcicki has stated that other sources of information will also be added aside from Wikipedia.

YouTube will help combat that by linking to information about the topic found on Wikipedia. During the SXSW interview, Wojcicki acknowledged the challenge of policing the world's largest internet-video service, and said YouTube would need to continue to employ human moderators to screen content in addition to automated processes.

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