With the best of intentions, Google owned video streaming site YouTube is currently testing a means of combating disinformation or ‘fake news.’
The platform now automatically detects subjects about which there are many inaccuracies and offers pieces of accurate information. But given that the algorithm is still learning, sometimes things go wrong.
That the tests are not yet completely successful, was demonstrated by the various live streams from Notre-Dame, the Paris cathedral that caught fire on Monday evening.
YouTube labeled these live streams about the burning Parisian cathedral as “September 11 attacks” and provided the videos with a piece of the Encyclopedia Britannica about the 2001 terrorist attacks.
“These panels are automatically activated by algorithms, sometimes our systems are wrong,” said a YouTube spokesperson.