Thursday, August 9, 2018

YouTube Starts ‘Fact-Checking’ On Videos Challenging Climate Change

Like Al Gore once stated, “Climate deniers deserve to be punished”. Where does one go to fact-check a blatant falsehood? There are plenty of corrupted data, faulty reports and anecdotal weather events to support the bad science. Like 1984, YouTube is becoming the Ministry of Truth whose motto is “Ignorance is Strength.” ⁃ TN Editor

YouTube is now adding fact checks to videos that question climate change, BuzzFeed News has confirmed, as a part of its ongoing effort to combat the rampant misinformation and conspiratorial fodder on its platform.

On July 9, the company added a blurb of text underneath some videos about climate change, which provided a scientifically accurate explainer. The text comes from the Wikipedia entry for global warming and states that “multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming.”

This new feature follows YouTube’s announcement in March that it would place descriptions from Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica next to videos on topics that spur conspiracy theories, such as the moon landing and the Oklahoma City bombing. In doing the same for climate videos, the company seems to be wading into more fraught and complex intellectual territory.

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