(by Tom Parker | Reclaim The Net) – YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki reiterated her commitment to promoting mainstream media outlets that are deemed to be “authoritative,” “trusted,” and “well-known” during her appearance at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting for 2022.
Wojcicki made the comments when discussing how YouTube censors and suppresses “misinformation” on the platform. She noted that one of YouTube’s tactics for preventing viewers from seeing content that it deems to be misinformation is to boost content from channels that have been designated as authoritative by YouTube.
“If you are dealing with a sensitive subject like news, health, science, we are gonna make sure that what we’re recommending is coming from a trusted, well-known publisher that can be reliable,” Wojcicki said.
Wojcicki continued by comparing this arbitrary boosting of authoritative sources on YouTube to the way Google Search stacks its search results.
“If you think about how Google works, it’s very similar,” Wojcicki said. “If you type in ‘cancer’ or you type in ‘COVID,’ what you’re gonna get are names that you recognize. They’re not gonna be someone who published a webpage yesterday.”
YouTube’s increased focus on boosting mainstream media outlets that are designated as authoritative is a drastic shift from its founding vision where it was launched with the slogan “Broadcast Yourself” and almost all the content was produced by independent creators. Read Full Article >