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YouTube adds 'authoritative context' to conspiracy theories

YouTube is adding authoritative context for search results about conspiracy theories.

In a bid to tackle dishonest or unverified material on its website, YouTube has decided to ensure that such posts also feature links to text with "trusted sources like Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica".

The move is part of the company's broader Google News Initiative, which was launched earlier this year and is designed to reduce misinformation appearing on the popular site.

Speaking in relation to factually inaccurate posts and conspiracy theories, YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan explained: "It's very easy to quickly produce and upload low-quality videos spreading misinformation around a developing news event."

Last month, meanwhile, YouTube decided to reform its platform in a bid to help vloggers to make more money.

The video-sharing brand opted to make some significant changes to its service in light of recent criticism, which has centred on changes to YouTube's advertising policies.

The suggestion is that updates to the policies have meant that video-makers are finding it tough to earn ad revenue.

Among the new changes is one that lets video-makers charge a small monthly fee for access to badges, emoji and members-only videos.

However, rival sites such as Twitch and Patreon already offer similar features to the ones that have been introduced by YouTube.

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