By Associated Press
More than 80 fact-checking organizations are calling on YouTube to address what they say is rampant misinformation on the platform.
In a letter to CEO Susan Wojcicki published Wednesday, the groups said that the Google-owned video platform was “one of the world’s leading sources of misinformation and misinformation.” world”.
They say YouTube’s efforts to tackle the problem are not enough.
“What we don’t see is that YouTube has gone to great lengths to implement policies that address the issue,” the letter read. “On the contrary, YouTube is allowing its platform to be weaponized by unscrupulous people to manipulate and take advantage of others, and to organize and raise funds for itself.”
The problem is particularly pervasive in non-English speaking countries and the global south, these groups say.
The fact-checkers are all members of the International Fact-Checking Network and include Rappler in the Philippines, Test Africa, Science Response in France, and dozens of other groups. They decry YouTube, saying it views discussions of misinformation as a “false dichotomy” about removing or not removing content.
Verifiers have written that displaying verified information is more effective than deleting content.
They suggest that YouTube focuses on providing context and debugging that is “clearly superimposed” on the video. They also called on YouTube to take action against repeat offenders and step up efforts to combat misinformation in languages other than English.
In a statement, YouTube spokeswoman Elena Hernandez said the company has “invested heavily in policies and products in all of the countries in which we operate to connect people to content that is relevant to the world.” authority, reduce the spread of misinformation at the border, and remove offending videos.”
She calls fact-checking “an important tool to help viewers make their own informed decisions,” but adds that it’s “one piece of a much larger puzzle to tackle the spread of the virus.” transmission of misinformation”.
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