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Sheri Evans
March 17, 2018

"People can still watch the videos, but they actually have access to additional information".

"Our goal is to start with a list of conspiracies around the internet where there's a lot of active discussion", she also said, according to Bloomberg.

The way the company will adding the information is known as "information cues" or text boxes. This was in response to a conspiracy theory video claiming that one of the Florida High School shooting survivors was a paid crisis actor trended worldwide. YouTube pulled them, but the incident underscored a problem at the service: What should it do with all these conspiracy-themed videos? It doesn't help that YouTube's recommendation engine can entice watchers to absorb more of the same. Wikipedia says it had no idea YouTube was going to announce the plan.

Wikimedia Foundation - the organization behind Wikipedia - has issued a statement saying that "we were not given advance notice of this announcement".

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The nonprofit online encyclopedia said its content is "freely licensed for reuse by anyone", indicating that of course YouTube can still use its information.

The Wikimedia Foundation recently published a statement on Twitter regarding YouTube's announcement.

Video behemoth YouTube plans to restrict how much time its moderators spend sifting through bad content on the platform.

But on the plus side, the linking may increase traffic to the encyclopedia site. "Anyone can edit Wikipedia, and research shows that as more people contribute, articles become more accurate and more balanced". The nonprofit noted that any updates to articles must contain a citation from a reliable source.

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