YouTube Connects With Wikipedia To Combat Fake News Videos
The world’s largest video platform, YouTube, announced at SXSW that they will start showing text from Wikipedia alongside videos that feature conspiracy theories.
YouTube has a new plan to help combat the rise of fake news videos on its platform.
At SXSW, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of the video streaming giant, said that it will begin featuring text from Wikipedia and other third-party sources alongside videos that feature popular internet conspiracy theories.
“There are many benefits of text,” the exec said at the SXSW discussion with Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson. Admittedly, people are skeptical about text-based information coming from Wikipedia, given the way that it can easily be manipulated and edited. “As much as we love video, we want to make sure video and text work together,” Wojcicki added.
Wojcicki also said that YouTube will focus on a list of the most well-known conspiracy theories. While on stage, she showed an example featuring a video about the moon landing, which some conspiracy theorists believe didn’t really happen. The feature is expected to roll out in the coming months and will include links to third-party sites.
YouTube has been looking for other ways to crack down on pages such as InfoWars and others who purport false or inappropriate information on the platform. The streaming-and-video service is making a concerted effort to support and promote videos from trusted news sources. To address the issue head-on, YouTube and Wojcicki announced in December that the company would grow its content and moderation teams to 10,000 people to help it better review the videos posted on its platform.
Wojcicki also explained that YouTube’s algorithms will be able to catch more content that shouldn’t be on the platform than humans, but also included that YouTube human moderators won’t go away. “We’ll always need humans,” she said, noting that YouTube is able to remove the majority of violent extremism content with machines. “We need humans to review it and make sure that it’s being done correctly.”
SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter