YouTube to stop Promoting Misinformation Videos

YouTube stated that it would make changes to the recommendation algorithm to exclude conspiracy theories. The company says: “To that end, we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways. “
YouTube clarified which videos fit this description, providing three examples: “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 explained that this content does not necessarily violate its community guidelines. However, it means that, although the content may still exist on YouTube, the site’s algorithm will not recommend these videos to its users.
YouTube says that to cope with this kind of problem content, both human review and machine learning will be used to train the recommendation system on questionable videos.” Appraisers and experts will train a recommendation system for evaluating these videos. At first, the changes will be visible only on a small number of videos in the USA.
YouTube estimated the change would affect less than one percent of content at the service. However, with a vast video archive of the platform and hundreds of hours of new content uploaded in a minute, it still makes up a lot of videos.

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