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YouTube Is Rolling Out A Feature That Shows Fact-Checks When People Search For Sensitive Topics

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    Spel Link
    There really needs to be a study on what effect this has. I just can't help but feel that there's a significant risk that this falls under the category of things that sound reasonable but doesn't...

    There really needs to be a study on what effect this has. I just can't help but feel that there's a significant risk that this falls under the category of things that sound reasonable but doesn't actually have the expected outcome (and in some cases even have the opposite effect).

    16 votes
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      StellarTabi Link Parent
      I've met quite too many people whose entire personality is "contrarian unless it benefits me", so I imagine this is going to trigger worse behaviour in those types. Maybe that's not the right way...

      I've met quite too many people whose entire personality is "contrarian unless it benefits me", so I imagine this is going to trigger worse behaviour in those types. Maybe that's not the right way to phrase it. "Skeptical, but only skeptical against actual skepticism"? Or someone with an unhealthy desire to always be the person with "unique deep insights into the real facts", even if it means claiming the earth is flat?

      7 votes
      1. Wes Link Parent
        That would be denialism, the ugly stepsister of skepticism.

        That would be denialism, the ugly stepsister of skepticism.

        2 votes
    2. TheInvaderZim Link Parent
      IMO this is why this type of content should be removed entirely. The argument that it's authoritarian falls on deaf ears with how sanitized youtube in general has become as of late, and the...

      IMO this is why this type of content should be removed entirely. The argument that it's authoritarian falls on deaf ears with how sanitized youtube in general has become as of late, and the finger-wagging "semitolerance of intolerance" attitude that most big tech companies adopted recently is rapidly becoming part of the problem.

      If you want to be a supremacist, contrarian piece of shit, fine, go do it somewhere else.

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    IvorCaddoc Link
    I hoped that the YouTube administration warned the editors of the Wikipedia pages they're linking to under controversial videos, so that they're prepared for the inevitable edit wars launched by...

    I hoped that the YouTube administration warned the editors of the Wikipedia pages they're linking to under controversial videos, so that they're prepared for the inevitable edit wars launched by the legions of indoctrinated viewers very loyal fans.

    https://screenshots.firefox.com/7n4YN8NK08F1nV2O/www.youtube.com

    Then I remembered who I was talking about.

    8 votes
    1. jackson Link Parent
      Usually Wikipedia will auto-lock pages that get a suspicious number of edits, at least that's a behavior I've seen recently. Definitely should have offered some sort of warning, though.

      Usually Wikipedia will auto-lock pages that get a suspicious number of edits, at least that's a behavior I've seen recently. Definitely should have offered some sort of warning, though.

      1 vote
  3. Deimos Link
    Hmm, they supposedly started putting similar information on the video pages almost a year ago, so I guess this is just doing a similar thing on the search results page. I don't think the info...

    Hmm, they supposedly started putting similar information on the video pages almost a year ago, so I guess this is just doing a similar thing on the search results page. I don't think the info being on the video page was very effective, but maybe people will be more likely to notice it here.

    3 votes
  4. Neverland Link
    I’m really glad to see YouTube taking some action on this.

    I’m really glad to see YouTube taking some action on this.

    1 vote