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YouTube to reduce conspiracy theory recommendations in the UK

YouTube to reduce conspiracy theory recommendations in the UK YouTube is expanding an experimental tweak to its recommendation engine that’s intended to reduce the amplification of conspiracy theories to the UK market. In January, the video-sharing platform said it was making changes in the US to limit the spread of conspiracy theory […]

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Facebook’s handling of Alex Jones is a microcosm of its content policy problem

Facebook’s handling of Alex Jones is a microcosm of its content policy problem A revealing cluster of emails leaked to Business Insider offers a glimpse at how Facebook decides what content is objectionable in high profile cases. In this instance, a group of executives at Facebook went hands on in determining if […]

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YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos

YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos YouTube will demonetize channels that promote anti-vaccination views, after a report by BuzzFeed News found ads, including from health companies, running before anti-vax videos. The platform will also place a new information panel that links to the Wikipedia entry on “vaccine hesitancy” before anti-vax videos. Information panels (part […]

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New WordPress policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers

New WordPress policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers WordPress has taken down a handful alt-right blogs, according to several complaints from affected blog owners and readers who claim the sites were removed from WordPress.com, despite not being in violation of the company’s Terms of Service. Some site […]

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Here’s Twitter’s position on Alex Jones (and hate-peddling anti-truthers) — hint: It’s a fudge

Here’s Twitter’s position on Alex Jones (and hate-peddling anti-truthers) — hint: It’s a fudge The number of tech platforms taking action against Alex Jones, the far right InfoWars conspiracy theorist and hate speech preacher, has been rising in recent weeks — with bans or partial bans including from Google, Apple and Facebook. […]

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