A gaggle of greater than 80 reality checking organizations is looking on YouTube to deal with rampant misinformation on its platform.
In a letter to CEO Susan Wojcicki printed Wednesday, the teams stated the Google-owned video platform is likely one of the main conduits of on-line disinformation and misinformation worldwide.
YouTube’s efforts to deal with the issue, they are saying, are proving inadequate.
What we don’t see is far effort by YouTube to implement insurance policies that deal with the issue, the letter says. On the opposite, YouTube is permitting its platform to be weaponized by unscrupulous actors to govern and exploit others, and to prepare and fundraise themselves.
The downside, these teams stated, is very rampant in non-English talking nations and the worldwide south.
The reality checkers are all members of the International Fact Checking Network and embody Rappler within the Philippines, Africa Check, Science Feedback in France and dozens of different teams. They lambasted YouTube, saying it frames discussions about disinformation as a false dichotomy” of deleting or not deleting content.
Displaying fact-checked information is more effective than deleting content, the fact checkers wrote.
They propose that YouTube focuses on providing context and debunks that are clearly superimposed on videos. They also called for YouTube to act against repeat offenders and beef up efforts against misinformation in languages other than English.
In a statement, YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez said the company has invested heavily in policies and products in all countries we operate to connect people to authoritative content, reduce the spread of borderline misinformation, and remove violative videos.
She called fact checking a crucial tool to help viewers make their own informed decisions, but added that it is one piece of a much larger puzzle to address the spread of misinformation.
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