YouTube turns to Wikipedia to help it fight conspiracy theory videos

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During the untimely demise of actor Sridevi You Tube was filled with several videos most of them with fake

"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.

The move comes after YouTube's recommendation engine and autocomplete feature have come under fire this year for pushing users towards conspiracy theories and other divisive content.

According to Wojcicki, the feature is set to roll out in the coming weeks.

The Google-owned video giant's role in promoting conspiracy theories has made headlines of late. The video accused David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting who has since spoken out for gun control, of being a "crisis actor".

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The Earth is flat, the moon landing was filmed in a basement and other wild theories are flung around YouTube like water in a pool. YouTube's autoplay algorithms appear created to promote increasingly radical content, across politics and other subject areas, in an effort to keep users watching as long as possible, according to Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina.

YouTube intends to present an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about events such as the United States moon landing.

YouTube will help combat that by linking to information about the topic found on Wikipedia.

TechCrunch reported YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told a South by Southwest panel Tuesday that the streaming video host will soon launch "information cues"- pop-up text boxes that will contain sourced information from Wikipedia that may dispel the unsourced claims of conspiracy videos. Wojcicki said information cues would appear alongside both documentaries and conspiracy videos on these subjects.

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