YouTube va maintenant «vérifier les faits» dans les requêtes de recherche américaines, développant une fonctionnalité essayée dans d'autres pays l'année dernière dans le but d'éradiquer la «désinformation» sur Covid-19 - mais certains internautes voient des indices d'Orwell dans le projet.
Le géant du partage de vidéos a déployé la nouvelle fonctionnalité mardi, annonçant que son «Panneaux d'information sur la vérification des faits» apparaîtra désormais sur les recherches américaines, dans lesquelles «Sources faisant autorité» s'affichera sous la barre de recherche pour corriger les affirmations que YouTube juge suspectes.
“We are now using these signs to help address an additional challenge: disinformation that occurs quickly in a rapidly changing news cycle, where unsubstantiated claims and uncertainty about the facts are common”, the platform said in a statement, citing unverified claims that Covid-19 is a “Bio-weapon” for example.
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More than a dozen “Authoritative” third-party publishers will be responsible for judging the content – including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, the Washington Post Fact Checker and the Dispatch, a self-proclaimed conservative store – and will join a “Relevant fact-finding article” in the search panel. According to YouTube, the supposed corrections will only appear “When people are looking for a specific claim”, rather than whole subjects.
Fix – YouTube censors and silences divergent stories from their own agenda. All voices count, your voice is protected. Private industry cannot keep you quiet.
– dadjeans (@dadjeansfit) April 28, 2020
Apparently, feeling dystopian nuances in the initiative, some netizens were skeptical of the monolith owned by Google, warning that the new feature would be used to overwrite any narrative that conflicts with the company’s narrow agenda.
The big brother will tell you what to think.
– TurtTurtle (@ TurtTurtle1) April 28, 2020
As social media companies increasingly rely on automated systems to report questionable content – especially as thousands of workers are on leave in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – Google itself has warned in March that users could see a spike in “wrongly” deleted videos for violating the policy, raising questions about who (or what) will manage the new fact-checking panels.
Others simply wonder who decides what counts as an “authoritative” source, given that “Verification of the facts” has become a partisan cottage industry, often placing political scoring before the “truth” of T-capital that fact checkers claim to defend.
So they will use “third party propagandist” as #Made ladies? Sounds real!?!
– ?? Frodo CumHo ™ ️ ? (@FCumho) April 28, 2020
“We need someone who is not tainted by politics to check the fact checkers,” an user argued.
Trusting YouTube’s “fact checkers” is like trusting Jeffry Epstein to babysit. #Youtube
– Christian (@AnarchoFthkr) April 29, 2020
The project is only new in the United States, however, YouTube introduced the same functionality in India and Brazil last year. But the experience of the two countries with panels has been less than a resounding success, doing little to stem the almost endless complaints of “Fake news” and misinformation spreading across the Indian and Brazilian parts of the web. Although the initiative was somewhat unsuccessful in terms of its own stated goals, YouTube nonetheless intends to contribute $ 1 million to the Google News initiative for “Strengthen verification and fact-checking efforts around the world”, hoping to bring equally ineffective and potentially censored functionality to millions of additional users.
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