YouTube Will Begin to Flag News From State-Funded Broadcasters and ‘Conspiracy Theorists’

YouTube is to start labeling all state-funded broadcasters and conspiracy theorists as such, in a bid to prevent the spread of misinformation and fake news.

The BBC isn’t going to like that.

In YouTube’s official blog, the platform states,

“A big goal for us in 2018 is to provide greater transparency across the board to our communities of creators, advertisers, and viewers. In one small step towards that commitment, today we will start rolling out notices below videos uploaded by news broadcasters that receive some level of government or public funding. Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help them better understand the sources of news content that they choose to watch on YouTube.”

The change will see notices appearing above news broadcasters’ video titles, and will include a link to Wikipedia. For example, RT (Russia Today) will now have a label that says. “RT is funded in whole or in part by the Russian government.”

YouTube are also considering addressing conspiracy theory videos by showing videos from ‘credible’ news sources next to conspiracy theorist content. Neal Mohan, chief product officer of YouTube, told the Wall Street Journal, “The principle here is to provide more information to our users, and let our users make the judgment themselves, as opposed to us being in the business of providing any sort of editorial judgment on any of these things ourselves.”

YouTube is also working with the Google News division to create a list news sources it deems reliable. Many have suspected such changes would be intended to target news and commentary providers like InfoWars, who are incessantly labeled by mainstream media as toting conspiracy theories. 

Watch out Alex Jones, the globalists are coming for you.

feature image: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki via Fortune



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  3. Travis

    February 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I wonder if The Young Turks and their AJ+ partners will be flagged…

  4. SarahB

    February 7, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Every fucking time I open YouTube I end up being barraged by a bunch of Jimmy Kimmel/Ben Shapiro videos. I can’t stand either guy, nor do I ever click on any of their videos. Why do you have to shove this garbage in my face, YouTube? Wouldn’t it be better for YOU if you recommended things to me that I might actually want to see? I don’t understand the economics of this.

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  6. Steve O

    February 9, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Maybe we should encourage this. All we need is for the rule to be applied both ways, and it will be embarrassingly obvious if it’s not.

    I’m not afraid of someone seeing a liberal counterpoint video to balance out a conservative one, but I’m convinced that not only do conservatives have the stronger arguments, but that it is liberals who are underexposed to alternative views.

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