Youtube Moves To Censor Anyone Who ‘Denies Climate Change’
New fact checking system to be implemented on videos questioning global warming
Following the recent ban of radio host Alex Jones, Youtube is continuing its draconian censorship game by implementing a new a fact-checking feature below videos that dare to question climate change.
The new fact checking system will derive information from Wikipedia or Britannica Encyclopedia t debunk videos that question topics on global warming or climate change.
Youtube recently implemented a feature that debunks other topics such as anti-vaccines, the moon landing, and UFOs.
George Soros-funded Media Matters activist group recently called on Facebook to ban anyone who dares to question global warming on its platform.
According to the DM: The feature is the latest step from the Google-owned video platform in its battle to reduce the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories on the service.
Users who upload their content to YouTube cannot stop the service displaying blurbs of factual information below their content.
The feature, which was first announced in March, was initially intended to be used for conspiracy theory videos on topics like the Oklahoma bombing and moon landing.
This month, YouTube has since expanded the fact-checking feature to include more controversial subjects, like the MMR vaccination and the perceived link to autism.
The introduction of climate change information marks the first time YouTube has strayed into the scientific realm.
At the moment, the scientific fact-checking blurbs are only visible to US-based users, however, YouTube is slowly rolling out the feature to viewers worldwide.
In one example of the updated feature, a Wikipedia snippet read: 'multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming.'
A YouTube spokesperson has previously confirmed there will be a time delay from when a Wikipedia page is edited to when it appears on the preview beneath a video.
This is designed to allow Wikipedia editors time to catch any discrepancies that sneak under the radar.
YouTube is now adding fact checks to videos that question climate change, @BuzzFeedNews has confirmed, as a part of its ongoing effort to combat the rampant misinformation and conspiratorial fodder on its platform. https://t.co/R7QHFCnNjF— Zahra Hirji (@Zhirji28) August 8, 2018
'I'd guess that it will have some influence, at least on those people who don't know much about the subject,' Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, told BuzzFeed News.
'Might be confusing to some people, but that's probably better than just accepting the denier video at face value.'
YouTube initially neglected to tell Wikipedia that it would be using its content for this purpose, but contact between the two firms has since taken place with the site working together to combat the propagation of inaccurate information.
A post by Wikipedia to its users and administrators revealed a list of seven topics Youtube would be using Wikipedia information for on its site, including the MMR vaccine and global warming.
When the new Wikipedia blurb policy took effect in July, YouTube did not publicly confirm climate change was an impacted topic.
Users were not notified of the difference, with the change only noticed once the blurbs started to appear sporadically on certain videos.
The Heartland Institute – a think tank that posts videos questioning climate change – confirmed it was not informed of the change by YouTube.
Meanwhile, PragerU, a nonprofit online institution that has also been affected by the recent addition of climate change to the feature, says the latest update is an example of YouTube displaying political bias.
'Despite claiming to be a public forum and a platform open to all, YouTube is clearly a left-wing organization,' Craig Strazzeri, PragerU's chief marketing officer, said.
'This is just another mistake in a long line of giant missteps that erodes America's trust in Big Tech, much like what has already happened with the mainstream news media.'
YouTube says the policy is designed to give users easy access to external information to provide context and information on topics prone to misinformation.
It has also revealed that in the coming months more videos will see the labels appearing.
'I welcome this change,' Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, told BuzzFeed News.
'I appreciate that YouTube is taking their responsibility seriously to help people understand the difference.'
Jason Reifler, a political science professor at the University of Exeter, also lavished praise on YouTube for making the move.
'They could have chosen wording that's stronger and gets more to what he real terms of the debate are between the extremely well-supported consensus scientific video versus the much, much smaller proportion. of sceptics,' Dr Reifler told BuzzFeed News.
'I'm doubtful this first step is going to do much. But I hope it does!'