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YouTube to crack down on ‘conspiracy’ videos

Daily Mail [1]
January 28, 2019

YouTube claims it will stop recommending conspiracy videos.

Following complaints over the number of unwelcome videos appearing in recommendations, the Google-owned site says it plans to try and banish them.

It says ‘borderline’ videos that come close to violating community guidelines or those which ‘misinform users in a harmful way.’ will now be excluded.

‘We’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.’

YouTube says the decision affects less than 1 percent of videos – but this will still impact millions of clips.

‘We think this change strikes a balance between maintaining a platform for free speech and living up to our responsibility to users,’ YouTube said.

However, it will not ban the videos.

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