YouTube will add Wikipedia snippets to conspiracy videos


"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", YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at SXSW, reports Wired. "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 has announced that videos that focus on conspiracy theories will now link to a snippet of information on the topic from Wikipedia.

For instance, there are conspiracy theories that claim that the moon landing was a hoax.

Google's video streaming platform has faced criticism following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. when conspiracy theory videos proliferated on the platform. YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying.

Still, nothing in YouTube's community guidelines specifically prohibits the uploading of conspiracy videos.

Critics have pointed out that controversial content can potentially radicalize viewers. In the coming months, those videos will display a prominent "information cue" tha tlinks to Wikipedia and info from other third-party sources.

Information cues will tag a block of text to the controversial videos and link them to Wikipedia articles about the conspiracy in question. It's worth noting that Wikipedia is also an open platform and is subject to bad actors manipulating information, although the nonprofit org's website by design includes community-based controls to edit out falsehoods. A look at the service shows that some of these videos have tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of views.