The platform’s new algorithm for probing “fake news” by adding context-specific information to videos seems to have glitched.
YouTube is suggesting viewers read about 9/11 during Notre Dame-related streams, for some reason pic.twitter.com/mqNxVs5BSe
— jordan (@JordanUhl) April 15, 2019
There are limits to what algorithms can do, especially in times of tragedy.
As flames engulfed Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday evening, several news outlets began live streaming the fire on YouTube. Underneath several of these videos was a small gray panel titled “September 11 attacks,” which contained a blurb from the Encyclopedia Britannica’s article about the September 11 terrorist attacks.
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) April 15, 2019
Ironically, YouTube’s crackdown on fake news has lead to its own propagation of misinformation.