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YouTube May No Longer Recommend Conspiracy Videos

According to the report, he helped build the Artificial Intelligence (AI) used to curate recommended videos

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Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube has announced that it will no longer recommend videos that “come close to” violating its community guidelines, such as conspiracy or medically inaccurate videos.

The video sharing platform will no longer recommend videos “claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11”, NBC News reported on Monday.

The original blog post from YouTube, published on January 25, said videos the site recommends, usually after a user has viewed one, would no longer lead to similar videos and instead would “pull in recommendations from a wider set of topics”.

YouTube said in the post that the action is meant to “reduce the spread of content that comes close to – but doesn’t quite cross the line of – violating” its community policies.

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The change will not affect the videos’ availability. And if users have subscribed to a channel that, for instance, produces conspiracy content, or if they search for it, they will still see related recommendations, the company said.

On Saturday, Guillaume Chaslot, a former engineer for Google – YouTube’s parent company – hailed the move as a “historic victory”.

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According to the report, he helped build the Artificial Intelligence (AI) used to curate recommended videos.

“It’s only the beginning of a more humane technology. Technology that empowers all of us, instead of deceiving the most vulnerable,” said Chaslot. (IANS)

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YouTube CEO Apologises to LGBTQ Community

The platform is looking to re-evaluate its harassment policies in the wake of the ongoing situation

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FILE - Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

After the LGBTQ community called out to YouTube for not considering homophobic remarks as violation of its platform’s policies, company CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the community.

“I know that the decisions we made were very hurtful to the LGBTQ community and that wasn’t our intention at all. That was not our intention, and we are really sorry about that,” The Verge quoted Wojcicki as saying at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday.

Wojcicki’s apology comes in the wake of the company’s failure to take more definitive action against conservative pundit Steven Crowder who made homophobic and racist comments about Vox publications writer Carlos Maza, calling him “lispy queer” and “gay Mexican”.

The decision led to mass outcry from YouTube creators, critics and even Google employees who signed a petition against YouTube’s decision.

Apologising and defending the decision, the YouTube CEO said: “I’m really, personally very sorry. As a company we really want to support this community. It’s just from a policy standpoint we need to be consistent – if we took down that content, there would be so much other content that we need to take down.”

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Pride Month kicked off on June 1 and honours the LGBTQ community while commemorating New York’s Stonewall riots in June 1969. Pixabay

Even though YouTube left Crowder’s channel up, it did remove advertisements from his channel, the report added.

This is not the first time that Google has been pulled up for its anti-LGBTQ community stand.

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In March, US-based LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation — suspended Google from its 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for failing to remove a “conversation therapy” app from its PlayStore.

The platform is looking to re-evaluate its harassment policies in the wake of the ongoing situation. (IANS)