Free speech to be corrected on YouTube

It was way back in 1949 when George Orwell penned Nineteen Eighty-Four?with the Thought Police (Thinkpol) whose role is to discover and punish thoughtcrime, personal and political thoughts unapproved by the Party.

We may be 34 years late but the Thinkpol (a.k.a Google owned YouTube) have rolled out technology via the omnipresent surveillance (telescreens, microphones, informers a.k.a. computers, tablets, smartphone, links, trackers etc) to search for and find, monitor and correct the thinking of all citizens of Oceania who would commit thoughtcrime by challenging the status quo authority of the liberal left.

According to the MailOnline,?YouTube will now place Wikipedia entries about global warming below videos ‘refuting evidence of rising temperatures’.?YouTube will add snippets of ‘factual’ information on selected video clips such as those questioning climate change, thus reducing ‘misinformation’ and conspiracy theories on the site. Quote.

YouTube is fighting back against climate change deniers by implementing a fact-checking box below user-uploaded videos on the controversial topic.

The system will surface information from Wikipedia or Britannica Encyclopedia to display factual information in bitesize chunks below videos on climate change.

YouTube already implemented the feature for videos on a slew of other contentious topics, including the MMR vaccination, the moon landing and UFOs.

However, this is the first time the platform has targeted climate change deniers.

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.

YouTube is subtly taking on climate change deniers by providing a fact-checking box below some videos that reject climate change. This is the next step from the Google-owned video platform in its war on misinformation and conspiracy theories (pictured)

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.’ […]

‘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.‘ […]

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 the real terms of 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!’ End of quote.

Should you ever be tempted to watch a YouTube hosted video which dares to use free speech to question the collective wisdom of the global warmers, be prepared have your improper thoughts corrected by quotes from that exemplary store of unbiased truth and wisdom known as Wikipedia.

YouTube may be huge and the market leader, but it is not a monopoly. There are other video sharing platforms available.

Arrogantly alienating viewers by suppressing or ‘correcting’ or de-platforming conservative views is not necessarily a great commercial move.

Hopefully the free market will, eventually, bite YouTube and Google where it hurts, as users vote with their clicks.