Fact-checkers Urge Youtube to Fight Disinformation

Fact-checkers from around the world have urged Youtube to help fight against disinformation.

More than 80 fact-checking organizations from around the world have written an open letter to YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki. 

The group of fact-checkers which included groups such as Kenya-based Africa Check to Politifact and the Washington Post said that Youtube allowed the spread of Covid misinformation, and other extremist beliefs such as hate content. 

“What we do not see is much effort by YouTube to implement policies that address the problem. On the contrary, YouTube is allowing its platform to be weaponized by unscrupulous actors to manipulate and exploit others, and to organize and fundraise themselves,” said the fact-checkers. 

The fact-checkers said that Youtube needs to provide context and debunks and to prevent recommendation engines from promoting disinformative content. 

Other proposed measures were flagging disinformation actors, increased transparency, and fighting disinformation in other languages. 

The fact-checkers have also volunteered to help debunk popular disinformation narratives on Youtube.

“We are ready and able to help YouTube. We wish to meet with you to discuss these matters and find ways forward on collaboration and look forward to your response to this offer,” said the fact-checkers. 


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