New York Times: YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained?

New York Times: YouTube Unleashed a Conspiracy Theory Boom. Can It Be Contained?. “Last month, the YouTube star Shane Dawson uploaded his new project: a 104-minute documentary, ‘Conspiracy Theories With Shane Dawson.’ In the video, set to a spooky instrumental soundtrack, Mr. Dawson unspooled a series of far-fetched hypotheses. Among them: that iPhones secretly record their owners’ every utterance; that popular children’s TV shows contain subliminal messages urging children to commit suicide; that the recent string of deadly wildfires in California was set on purpose, either by homeowners looking to collect insurance money or by the military using a type of high-powered laser called a ‘directed energy weapon.'”

BBC: YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests

BBC: YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests. “YouTube is playing a significant role in convincing some people that the Earth is flat, research suggests. A study quizzed people at flat earth conferences and found most cited videos viewed on the site as a key influence. They were won over by videos which claimed to amass evidence proving the Earth was not a spherical planet.”

New York Times: When Facebook Spread Hate, One Cop Tried Something Unusual

New York Times: When Facebook Spread Hate, One Cop Tried Something Unusual. “In most of the world, rumor-fueled meltdowns are taken as a fact of life, a product of Facebook’s propensity for stirring up people’s worst impulses. But Andreas Guske, a trim, steely-eyed police inspector in the refugee-heavy Bavarian town of Traunstein where the rumor circulated, didn’t think his community could afford complacence. Attacks on refugees were already rising. And southern Germany is a front line in Europe’s battle over identity and immigration.”

Tubefilter: Former Algorithm Engineer Guillaume Chaslot Calls YouTube’s Decision To Stop Recommending Conspiracy Videos “A Historic Victory”

Tubefilter: Former Algorithm Engineer Guillaume Chaslot Calls YouTube’s Decision To Stop Recommending Conspiracy Videos “A Historic Victory”. “Former YouTube engineer Guillaume Chaslot is praising his one-time employer’s decision to stop recommending conspiracy theory videos. ‘YouTube’s announcement is a great victory which will save thousands,’ he tweeted as part of a lengthy thread. ‘It’s only the beginning of a more humane technology. Technology that empowers all of us, instead of deceiving the most vulnerable.'”

CNN: Facebook removes 22 more pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars

CNN: Facebook removes 22 more pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars. “Facebook on Tuesday removed 22 pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe right-wing website InfoWars. The move came as part of a broader effort by Facebook to enforce its recently updated recidivism policy. 89 pages in total were unpublished on Tuesday afternoon as part of the crackdown, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business.”

NBC News: Fire at ‘pizzagate’ shop reignites conspiracy theorists who find a home on Facebook

NBC News: Fire at ‘pizzagate’ shop reignites conspiracy theorists who find a home on Facebook. “In over 30 different open and closed Facebook groups, boasting more than 40,000 collective members, pizzagate followers have kept the conspiracy alive. In the face of reason, these pizzagate adherents have held tightly to ‘evidence’ — mostly what they allege is coded language and symbols that link shapes to pedophelia and food products like cheese and pasta to children.”

New York Times: YouTube Moves to Make Conspiracy Videos Harder to Find

New York Times: YouTube Moves to Make Conspiracy Videos Harder to Find. “Whether it is a video claiming the earth is flat or the moon landing was faked, conspiracy theories are not hard to find on Google’s YouTube. But in a significant policy change, YouTube said on Friday that it planned to stop recommending them.”