YouTube to crack down on conspiracy videos: Video site to stop recommending 'misinformation' videos to users


YouTube to crack down on conspiracy videos: Video site to stop recommending 'misinformation' videos to users

YouTube claims it will stop recommending conspiracy videos. 
Youtube is responding to users complained over unwelcomed videos appearing in recommendations, whether it's a video claiming the earth is flat or America's moon landing was faked, conspiracy theories and click-bait content are not hard to find however it's often found popular in recommended section of every youtube user. but in a significant policy change, Youtube said this Friday that it will stop recommending this type of videos.

After years of complains that youtube is leading viewers to videos spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories, Youtube has finally stepped in to change its recommendations algorithm. In a blog post, YouTube said it would no longer suggest videos with clickbaity & misleading titles and descriptions and they updated their algorithm to a new evaluation methods instead of looking only into the number of views a video got, the system will start to care and focus on viewers satisfaction taking likes, dislikes & surveys into consideration in order to recommend less clickbaity content to users.

"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 historical events like 9/11."

YouTube says the decision affects less than 1 percent of videos - but this will still impact millions of clips. But considering the number of videos uploaded in the platform, it will be millions of videos and that's not cheap.

YouTube is not taking down the targeted videos, and it will still recommend them to users who subscribe to a channel that creates such content. Also, YouTube will not exclude the so-called borderline videos from search results.

“We think this change strikes a balance between maintaining a platform for free speech and living up to our responsibility to users,” YouTube wrote in the blog post.

YouTube said it was constantly adjusting its recommendation system, noting that it made hundreds of changes last year. In its early years, YouTube said, it suggested videos the company thought would lead to more clicks or views, but it found that people who created videos had started trying to game the system with clickbait titles.

YouTube recently said it wanted to recommend videos that viewers would consider “time well spent.” YouTube also said it had been working to broaden recommendations so that they weren’t too similar to the most recent video.



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YouTube to crack down on conspiracy videos: Video site to stop recommending 'misinformation' videos to users
After years of criticism that YouTube led viewers to conspiracy theory videos, the company said it would no longer recommend what it deemed to be “borderline content.”
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