Fake news moves fast — as well as despite promises coming from tech giants to remove such content, these stories spread far as well as linger. within the wake of a tragic week, during which Kate Spade as well as Anthony Bourdain died in separate instances of apparent suicide, YouTube’s first few results about their deaths surface conspiracy theories.
The video, in which a robotic voice intones which Bourdain was “working on an exposé of elite pedophiles just weeks before he was found dead in an apparent suicide,” garnered 7,400 views in two days. No ad plays before the video, nevertheless the associated channel, called Anonymous EXPOSED, prominently displays a Patreon donation link on its landing page.
The third result on mobile, meanwhile, is actually a video by well-known far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The videos push some type of the same theory: Bourdain was an outspoken supporter of Asia Argento, the actress whom he had been dating as well as one of the women who publicly accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. Since Hillary Clinton had received campaign donations coming from Weinstein (who was a generous supporter of the Democratic Party), the conspiracy theorists said the Clintons as well as Weinstein could have orchestrated Bourdain’s death.
The conspiracy is actually then tied tenuously to a sex trafficking sting which was apparently conducted within the Atlanta area, where CNN, the cable channel which hosts Bourdain’s Parts Unknown TV program, is actually headquartered.
This particular conspiracy has also been debunked by Snopes.
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, YouTube said, “These deaths were both tragic as well as we’ve seen a huge outpouring of support on YouTube. We’re continuously working to better surface as well as promote news as well as authoritative sources to make the best possible information about these tragedies easily accessible.”
The video company, for its part, recently took steps to provide greater transparency for users around news items on its platform. right now, notices below videos by news broadcasters label whether the outlet receives some level of government or public funding. as well as YouTube has committed to applying its “powerful fresh machine learning technology” to extremist content. This particular also plans to have more than 10,000 human reviewers evaluating videos on the platform by the end of This particular year.
YouTube said, “We’ve made algorithmic alterations to better surface authoritative videos at the top of search results. We created a ‘Breaking News’ shelf on the YouTube homepage which serves up content coming from reliable news sources after a major event. When people enter news-related search queries, we prominently display a ‘Top News’ shelf in their search results. We know there is actually more to do here as well as we’re looking forward to generating more announcements within the months ahead.”
Despite YouTube’s efforts, fake news continues to populate the platform’s search results.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is actually 1-800-273-8255. different international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.