And they’re doing it to themselves. At one point in time I thought YouTube was more about cash flows for Google via advertising, but these days it seems more to be their propaganda arm. In the latest of things YouTube is now doing that nobody asked for, they will be adding “fact checks” to videos on topics they think spread scientific misinformation, according to BuzzFeed.
YouTube is now adding fact checks to videos that question climate change, BuzzFeed News has confirmed, as a part of its ongoing effort to combat the rampant misinformation and conspiratorial fodder on its platform.
On July 9, the company added a blurb of text underneath some videos about climate change, which provided a scientifically accurate explainer. The text comes from the Wikipedia entry for global warming and states that “multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming.”
This new feature follows YouTube’s announcement in March that it would place descriptions from Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica next to videos on topics that spur conspiracy theories, such as the moon landing and the Oklahoma City bombing. In doing the same for climate videos, the company seems to be wading into more fraught and complex intellectual territory.
Great. Because Wikipedia is such a reliable source as well. Is this the world we really want to live in? Is this the kind of Internet that we want? Forget whatever side of the climate debate you may be on. Do we really want everything put through YouTube’s filter with what they think we should or should not be viewing? How Orwellian can they get?
The Internet at its core is what free speech is supposed to be about. You should be able to watch whatever the hell you want without being force fed garbage. And it should be noted that climate science is a HIGHLY variable science. Hell, most climate models ever created have been wrong. This article from 2013 goes into how wrong. The bottom line is whether you think it’s all humans doing or just MAYBE have a little skepticism about how much we are contributing or how badly things are, you should be able to watch whatever the hell you want without additional (mis)information being peddled to you.
The screws continue to be turned on our liberties. As I wrote about earlier today YouTube is already starting to heavily censor or just plain deplatform views they do not agree with. They’re becoming bolder in their moves, and thankfully it will also be their demise. New platforms like BitChute are starting to grow at a huge pace now in part thanks to YouTube’s Draconian policies. See the video below from Razorfist as he had a great take on it today. And lastly, if you’re looking for a Wikipedia like website, give Infogalactic a try. A much more honest version of Wikipedia.