‘Why YouTube’s New Plan to Debunk Conspiracy Videos Won’t Work’

Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein believes YouTube’s plan to combat conspiracy videos with “information cues” is “likely doomed to be almost entirely ineffective.” The kind of viewers who are going to believe these kinds of false conspiracy videos are almost certainly going to say that the associated Wikipedia articles are wrong, that they’re planted lies… Not helping matters at all is that Wikipedia’s reputation for accuracy — never all that good — has been plunging in recent years, sometimes resulting in embarrassing Knowledge Panel errors for Google in search results…

The key to avoiding the contamination…is to minimize their visibility in the YouTube/Google ecosystem in the first place… Not only should they be prevented from ever getting into the trending lists, they should be deranked, demonetized, and excised from the YouTube recommended video system. They should be immediately removed from YouTube entirely if they contain specific attacks against individuals or other violations of the YouTube Terms of Service and/or Community Guidelines. These actions must be taken as rapidly as possible with appropriate due diligence, before these videos are able to do even more damage to innocent parties.