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YouTube inserts Wikipedia content alongside videos of conspiracy theories

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YouTube will add information extracted from Wikipedia to videos on the most popular conspiracy theories to provide alternative viewpoints on controversial topics, said YouTube 'CEO, Susan Wojcicki.

YouTube add information extracted from Wikipedia to the videos on conspiracy theories More popular for providing alternative viewpoints on controversial topics, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said today, said these text boxes, which the company calls "information elements", will begin to appear on conspiracy videos within the next two weeks.

20 most influential people in Susan Wojcicki Youtube technology against conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories, from the landing on the Moon to chemtrails

Wojcicki, who spoke Tuesday night at a panel at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, showed esimple information for videos on the moon landing and chemtrails. "When there are videos focused on something that a conspiracy – and we are using a list of well-known Internet conspiracies from Wikipedia – then we will show information provided by Wikipedia that will show information about the event being discussed", said Wojcicki.

YouTube, criticism for extremist content

The move comes after a year in which YouTube has been questioned for hosting extremist content – not the only social media to have had problems of this type, Twitter for example has put in place measures to combat terrorism – and have attracted the attention to it through algorithmic recommendations that critics claim were designed to convey viewers to extreme content.

The information elements that Wojcicki showed have appeared directly below the video as a short text block, with a link to Wikipedia for more information. Wikipedia – the crowdsourced encyclopedia written by volunteers – an imperfect source of information, one of which most university students are still forbidden to refer to in their research. Generally, however, it provides a more neutral empirical approach to understanding conspiracies than the more sensationalist videos that appear on YouTube.

Wojcicki did not specify how many conspiracy theories were present in the company list, but suggested that this list would expand over time. "What I like about this project is actually quite extensible"He said. The company could show additional alternative sources of information under controversial elements in the future, argued the YouTube CEO.