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YouTube Demotes Flat-earthers, Conspiracy Theorists

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7Dnews London

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 11:48 GMT

YouTube will no longer recommend what it deems to be "borderline content."

YouTube said Friday 25th January, that it will stop recommending specious videos such as those claiming the earth is flat, or promoting bogus theories about the twin towers September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. 

The global video streaming service planned to modify its viewing recommendation system gradually, starting in the US, and later expanding to other countries. 

Google-owned YouTube, part of Alphabet holding, said it is scrutinizing how to reduce the spread of content that comes close to but doesn't quite cross the line of violating its community guidelines. 

Several years ago, it modified the system to downplay videos with misleading descriptions intended to bait people into clicking such as "You won't believe what happens next." YouTube added :"We think this change strikes a balance between maintaining a platform for free speech and living up to our responsibility to users."  

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