Nieman Journalism Lab: Could those information boxes under YouTube conspiracy videos add legitimacy instead of reduce it?

Nieman Journalism Lab: Could those information boxes under YouTube conspiracy videos add legitimacy instead of reduce it?. “I thought it was worth highlighting a criticism of YouTube’s system made last year by Mike Caulfield, who runs the Digital Polarization Initiative. Caulfield worried that embedding external information from Encyclopedia Britannica or other trusted sources might end up adding credibility to conspiracy videos rather than reducing it.”

BuzzFeed News: Here Are The Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Notre Dame Fire

BuzzFeed News: Here Are The Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Notre Dame Fire. “The Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic Parisian landmark, suffered extensive damage Monday after a fire engulfed the historic structure, causing its spire to collapse and destroying much of its roof. You can read more about it here. As the cathedral burned, hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and coordinated disinformation campaigns began to spread across social media.”

Business Insider: YouTube’s algorithm is under fire for boosting a sexist conspiracy theory about black hole researcher Katie Bouman

Business Insider: YouTube’s algorithm is under fire for boosting a sexist conspiracy theory about black hole researcher Katie Bouman. “As news of Dr. Katie Bouman’s role in capturing the first image of a black hole went viral earlier this week, another group was creating their own version of the story that accused Bouman of profiting off the hard work of a male colleague on the Event Horizon Telescope team. That false narrative quickly found its way to social media, and YouTube. Earlier this afternoon, people began to notice that the top result when searching Bouman’s name on YouTube produced a video by a user named Mr. Obvious.”

The Atlantic: Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate

The Atlantic: Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate. “Instagram is teeming with these conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, and extremist memes, all daisy-chained together via a network of accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of collective followers—many of whom, like Alex, are very young. These accounts intersperse TikTok videos and nostalgia memes with anti-vaccination rhetoric, conspiracy theories about George Soros and the Clinton family, and jokes about killing women, Jews, Muslims, and liberals.”

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation

NBC News: Amazon removes books promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation. “Amazon is removing from its online marketplace ‘autism cure’ books that unscientifically claim children can be cured of autism with pseudoscientific methods such as ingesting and bathing in a potentially toxic form of bleach and taking medication meant to treat arsenic and lead poisoning.”

StuffNZ: A gunman killed my daughter and Google is traumatizing my family

StuffNZ: A gunman killed my daughter and Google is traumatizing my family. “It started when I searched ‘For Alison,’ the name of our nonprofit, on Google. The search returned a YouTube video posted by an anonymous conspiracy theorist alleging that our foundation was a scam. This prompted me to search our daughter’s name, which led me down a rabbit hole of painful and despicable content, including claims that Alison had plastic surgery and was living a secret life in Israel. As much as I want to blame the sick creators for the pain I feel, I blame Google even more. By surfacing this content and profiting from the data Google collects from those who view it, Google is monetising Alison’s death and our family’s pain.”

Wired: How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore

Wired: How Amazon’s Algorithms Curated a Dystopian Bookstore. “Once relegated to tabloids and web forums, health misinformation and conspiracies have found a new megaphone in the curation engines that power massive platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Search, trending, and recommendation algorithms can be gamed to make fringe ideas appear mainstream. This is compounded by an asymmetry of passion that leads truther communities to create prolific amounts of content, resulting in a greater amount available for algorithms to serve up … and, it seems, resulting in real-world consequences.”