YouTube Takes Bold Steps To Counter Fake News

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In the wake of the alt right and Donald Trump, YouTube has taken a number of measures to deal with the onslaught of fake news, which is capturing and converting minds to the alt right at an alarming rate. In line with a shared policy among tech giants, YouTube is steadily changing its platform to make it harder and harder for fake news to reach new people, containing the damage to those already under the alt right’s spell. The following are some of the innovative ways in which YouTube is improving the quality of content that reaches its users:

Notifications Bell

Many youtubers only watch videos that tweak their interest in their notifications. The notifications bell forces them to manually sift through their many subscriptions and pick the channels that they’re really interested in, thereby reducing the number of fake news stories that reach them from channels they don’t normally watch.

Heroes Program

The Heroes Program rewards youtubers for flagging videos as fake news and hate speech, allowing them to become members of the exclusive Heroes Club. Elite members of the Heroes Club are invited to an annual Heroes Summit with other like-minded progressives, where they will be wined, dined and praised by top YouTube executives.

Restricted Mode

YouTube’s new restricted mode option hides fake news and hate speech altogether, allowing youtubers to enjoy high quality, non-offensive content. The following screenshots demonstrate how fake news is hidden in restricted mode, while real news is left untouched:

Auto Unsubscribe

There have been many reports of youtubers being automatically unsubscribed from channels. YouTube is yet to admit that they have such a program, but it may be a covert operation to tackle fake news, in which case they deserve praise and admiration.

Targeting Individual Channels

YouTube has been banning, demonetizing and de-trending popular youtubers for posting hateful, fake or inappropriate content that challenges or mocks progressive narratives.

These are some very encouraging steps towards ending fake news and hate speech, but sadly much more needs to be done to truly fix this problem. While Facebook remains largely free of hateful and misleading content and Twitter is cracking down hard on it, YouTube has become a dumping ground for alt right propaganda, where many progressives no longer feel safe. We need to make the internet a safe space for progressives, and we cannot let the most popular media platform on the web become a breeding ground for extremism. It’s time to shut down these hateful youtubers once and for all, so that the people can get the quality, trustworthy and non-offensive content that they deserve.

Chezleigh
Chezleigh

flag me

#conspiracy-theory

drb6
drb6

Excellent article! My only minor concern is the following – what happens if deplorable white males band together and start marking, lets say, CNN or Salon as fake news? I am sure though that Youtube has a solution for this case. Perhaps some channels (more important mainstream news) simply can not be flagged, or they need 10 million flags while Alex Jones needs 2 flags to be hidden.

Edit: and we can see yet once more that AT is way ahead of other progressive sites with respect to innovations. Flagging here was introduced a long time ago!

Make my votes count
Make my votes count

Thankfully I only get my news from real places like AT.
drb6 raises an excellent point, while this tool can be used for good to squelch liars ,racists and conservatives. In the wrong hands it can potentially be used against progressive sites.
Look at the way the radical white alt Right was able to use systems on Amazon to down vote Chelsea Clinton’s literary work of art. Or what they did to Amy Schumer on Netflicks. Hopefully You tube did not weaponize the enemy.

Anon
Anon

In other news

HALF of Detroit can’t read. That would be the BLACK half!

I personally blame it on black control of the school system. After moving Blacks out of Africa, where the hot sun burned out their brains resulting in an average IQ of 70, and moving them to more northern and less sunny locations where the sun doesn’t fry their brains quite as much, their IQ now averages 85.

and if you think that’s BAD, just remember it is HIGHER then pretty much any country inhabited by the camel jockeys out of Saudi Arabia.

Having smartened up a little bit, the Detroit blacks thought they could do it all themselves. BIG MISTAKE. Without the wise guiding hand of the white male, the blacks of Detroit have regressed back to their African state of pathetic ILLITERATE ignorance.

#racist

#fake-news

Anon

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/05/04/report-nearly-half-of-detroiters-cant-read/

http://www.hoolinet.com/Portals/0/Sin%20of%20Onan.jpg

DETROIT (WWJ) – According to a new report, 47 percent of Detroiters are “functionally illiterate.” The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund on Wednesday.

“For other major urban areas, we are a little bit on the high side… We compare, slightly higher, to Washington D.C.’s urban population,

#hate-speech

trav777

Detroit is like 90% black

drb6
drb6

And its streets are controlled by friendly, business-oriented, minority-enhanced youth groups.

Anon
Anon

now back to Islam and breastfeeding men to keep them from raping you.

It seems the the ORIGINAL INFALLIBLE and ETERNAL KORAN was ALTERED BY AN ACT OF SHEEP.

It seems that the GREAT MO, peace be onto him in that there HOT HOT HOT place, received a divine message that in order to prevent a man from raping a woman, the woman should breastfeed him 10 times. This was later changed in the UNCHANGEABLE and ETERNAL Koran to breastfeeding him 5 times.

Now the reason these 2 passages did not make it into the Koran was that his wives burned all copies of them, or as his wife Aisha said, a sheep ate it all up. Incidentally only 1/3 of the 200 passages in that portion of the ETERNAL, INDESTRUCTIBLE and INFALLIBLE Koran still survive.

So sad!

It seems that Allah cannot keep his message from getting destroyed by 1:pissed off wives tired of breastfeeding grown men, or 2: a sheep.

Take your pick.

#islamophobic

Anon
Anon

ARRRRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!wrong link

#speciesist

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

After fake news, the next frontier is progressives’ willful spread of ignorance. It’s a ubiquitous problem which can only be solved by barring all democrats from YouTube. BTW, unilateral flag setting without due process is a conspiracy against me.

#hate-speech

Anon
Anon

http://www.hoolinet.com/Portals/0/Sin%20of%20Onan.jpg

If Detroit is any guide, all Dems will all be illiterate and won’t have a clue as to how to get on YouTube.

Personally I will take all the flags I can get. I’m collecting them. My ultimate goal is to get the one for make disgusting noises while doing a #2. Sadly this site is not progressive enough to give that one out.

So sad!

Anon
Anon

Sounds effects worth of the disgusting noise flag

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=o-50GjySwew

Anon
Anon

The censors replacing a disgusting noise video with a disgusting exercise video is frankly disgusting.

At least the disgusting noise video is funny

#conspiracy-theory

drb6
drb6

They are not “censors”, they are user-experience enhancing moderators.

Anon
Anon

I hate to tell you but “they” failed miserably by replacing a perfectly good fart video with a sucky dancing one.

#fake-news

The onanist
The onanist

I like the replaced link above, but I would have preferred that you did it as a separate post and not replaced my link.

#body-shaming

Anon
Anon

Conspiracy theory is a better fit.

#fake-news

Anon
Anon

Day without a woman protest leader to be deported after serving a prison time and loosing her citizenship. What a shame!

I mentioned this woman in one of my OOOOPPPPPPSSSSS!!!!!!! posts on that article as she participated in a supermarket bombing in Israel which resulted in 2 deaths.

She stuck her head up, made waves, got noticed and is getting a well deserved head bop.

drb6
drb6

Horrible news! Trump is showing his sexism and Islamophobia at the same time!

Anon
Anon

Perjuring yourself on a citizenship application has consequences

Sorta like “fake news” and “VERY fake news”

drb6
drb6

I am so glad that Youtube acted quick and removed the video!

Anon
Anon

It’s not like its the only video on her

and she will be deported even if there are no videos on her.

Anon
Anon

Care packages for rapefuges now include “voter registration forms”

Who would have thunk that the Democratic Party wants non-citizens (aka illegal voters) to vote.

Isn’t that like a crime?

2:30 into the video

drb6
drb6

Removed again! Youtube is quick and efficient to neutralize racists, sexists, and Republicans (which is the same thing)!

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