YouTube to display Wikipedia 'facts' alongside conspiracy videos

 smh.com.au  3/14/2018 12:37:00 AM 

San Francisco: YouTube will begin displaying text from Wikipedia articles and other websites alongside some videos in a couple of weeks as the Google sister company attempts to combat hoaxes and conspiracy theories on the service, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Susan Wojcicki, speaking on stage at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, displayed a mock-up of the new feature, which called "information cues".

YouTube intends to present an alternative viewpoint to videos questioning science or describing conspiracies about events such as the US moon landing. She said information cues would first roll out to topics for which there are a significant number of YouTube videos.

Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the US flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.

Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the US flag planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.

Photo: NASA/File

"People can still watch the videos but then they actually have access to additional information, can click off and go and see that," Wojcicki said.

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