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The Technology 202: Notre Dame cathedral fire reveals tech companies' struggle to combat misinformation

The Technology 202: Notre Dame cathedral fire reveals tech companies' struggle to combat misinformation
Tuesday 16
14:1 2019

Ctrl + N Firefighters carry out inspections on the damaged roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral following a major fire. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) YouTube’s defenses against misinformation just backfired in a big way -- and ended up contributing to baseless speculation online that the Notre Dame cathedral fire resulted from a terrorist attack. As news organizations and others used the service to broadcast the collapse of the spire in Paris, YouTube's algorithms mistakenly displayed details about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York in "information panels" below the videos. While these fact-checking tools are designed to counter hoaxes, ...

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Summary: YouTube's algorithms made a huge mistake by linking it to 9/11.

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