YouTube to combat fake news with information cues

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about a new effort to combat conspiracy theories in an effort to keep the platform from peddling misinformation. "People can still watch the videos but then they actually have access to additional information, can click off and go and see that", she said.

YouTube was slammed after its algorithm promoted conspiracy theories in the wake of shootings in Las Vegas and Florida.

The new feature will be launched in the next months.

The Google-owned video giant's role in promoting conspiracy theories has made headlines of late.

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On the other hand, Palestinian journalists say there is a double standard regarding the enforcement of platforms' policies on Facebook and YouTube.

However YouTube appears to have a plan to deal with such hoaxes in the future. She published an op-ed on the topic in this weekend's New York Times.

Videos about "widely accepted events" will include "information cues" - a text box that links to third-party sources including Wikipedia, according to a YouTube spokeswoman.

The information cues that Wojcicki demonstrated appeared directly below the video as a short block of text, with a link to Wikipedia for more information. So, YouTube will find it hard to ensure that the information in the suggested pages is factually correct. 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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