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World fact-checkers urge YouTube to fight misinformation

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More than 80 fact-checking organizations around the world sent an open letter to YouTube calling for more effective measures to combat misinformation.

Every day we see that YouTube it is one of the main vectors of online disinformation in the world”Denounce these media and NGOs based in some 40 countries, such as the United States (PolitiFact, The Washington Post), Spain (Maldita.es), Senegal or Kenya (Africa Check).

We don’t see much effort from YouTube to enforce policies that solve the problem.”, They indicate in this letter to their director, Susan Wojcicki.

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YouTube responded by saying that there was “invested heavily in policies and products to reduce the spread of false informationa”.

Important progress has been made“Added a spokeswoman for YouTube, Elena Hernandez, which said the fact check was “a piece of a bigger puzzle to tackle the spread of misinformation”.

The signatories of the letter are concerned about the “rampant misinformation”, Which was accelerated by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Conspiracy documentaries and videos promoting bogus remedies have garnered millions of views on YouTube which, like Google, Belongs to the group Alphabet.

The fact-checkers remain concerned about risks such as political destabilization and say they are willing to “collaborate with YouTube to implement your proposals“, How to fight against the opacity of the algorithms, the”repeat offenders”Or non-English-speaking videos escaping surveillance.

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