YouTube CEO talks misinformation, creators and comments at SXSW

From Engadget - March 13, 2018

Wojcicki said that, in the next few weeks, YouTube users will see a text box below conspiracy-related videos that will point them to stories that offer a different point of view. The news comes only weeks after YouTube was under fire for showing a hoax video about David Hogg, one of students who survived the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting, in its trending section. Last year, the company dealt with a similar issue after the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival, so Wojcicki hopes that this new tool can help mitigate the problem.

On a lighter note, Wojcicki touched on how YouTube is trying to make its comments section safer and more interactive. She pointed to an experiment that it's doing, in which they can all be scanned and then commenters can direct each other to the best parts of a video. Wojcicki said this would allow viewers to easily skip the "boring parts" of whatever they may be watching on the site. The moderator then asked her if she was worried about creators leaving YouTube for other platforms like Facebook Watch, which promises to pay them more. Wojcicki said she was not worried about it, and noted that YouTube has seen a 43-percent increase in creators who are now making six figures.


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