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Youtube, the forgotten element in the fake news ecosystem?

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Youtube, the forgotten element in the fake news ecosystem?

Examining popular news content and commentary videos on YouTube, BuzzFeed concludes that the site “may be even worse” that Twitter and Facebook in terms of spreading fake information and conspiracy theories.

While Twitter and especially Facebook have cracked down on fake news, YouTube hasn’t had to face similar calls so far, although conspiracy-news not only has a large following on the site but is also shared on other platforms. Moreover, some suspect content is sometimes featured in the section of the site, BuzzFeed notes.

YouTube does “demonetize” videos when deemed “not advertiser-friendly”, and has pulled channels from its premium ad network. Yet these measures tend to follow public pressure, BuzzFeed notes, rather than being the consequence of a policy breach, for instance.


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Teemu Henriksson


2017-02-27 14:02

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