YouTube Demotes Flat-Earthers, Conspiracy Theorists

25 January 2019

YAHOO (AFP) — YouTube said Friday it will stop recommending specious videos such as those claiming the earth is flat or promoting bogus theories about the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The global video streaming service planned to modify its viewing recommendation system gradually, starting in the United States and later expanding to other countries.

Google-owned YouTube, part of the Alphabet holding, said it is scrutinizing how to reduce the spread of content that comes close to but doesn’t quite cross the line of violating its community guidelines.

“To that end, we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways,” YouTube said in a blog post.

“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.” […]

3 Comments on YouTube Demotes Flat-Earthers, Conspiracy Theorists

  1. Then they came for the flat earthers, and I said nothing because I was not a flat earther …

    There’s a continuum here … the 9 ‘trips to the moon’ with ‘6 moon landings’ of 1968-72 I am sure are fake fake fake … but what about the International Fake Station, er, Space Station? I was looking one day for the videos they must have made of building it and … found cartoons! LOL

    Tho I suspect ‘flat earth’ is a gov psy op, there’s some charming stuff … this is a good 3 minute flat earth show, ‘Mind Control to Major Tom’ to the music of David Bowie

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