Home | Top News | World | US News | Politics | Economy | Sports | Technology | Science | Lifestyle | People | Recalls

YouTube Flagged Notre Dame Fire Videos as a Conspiracy, Directed Users to Info About 9/11


On Monday, YouTube incorrectly flagged videos about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris as possible sources of misinformation, and began redirecting viewers to content about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Buzzfeed reported that when news outlets began streaming footage of the fire on the video platform, small gray boxes appeared on several of the videos titled “September 11 attacks” alongside a description of the terrorist attack from an Encyclopedia Brittanica article. If viewers clicked the box, they were redirected to the full article about 9/11. According to Buzzfeed, they found at least three videos of the cathedral fire with the disclaimer before it was removed from all of the videos. Many viewers took to Twitter to document their experience with the disclaimer and provided screenshots of the gray warning box. RELATED: See the Most Devastating Photos of the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire Blazing in Paris On a few different livestreams of Notre Dame on YouTube, the site offers a totally unprompted, unrelated description of the September 11 attacks: pic.twitter.com/fPI0898U9g — Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) April 15, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “On a few different livestreams of Notre Dame on YouTube, the site offers a totally unprompted, unrelated description of the September 11 attacks,” one user wrote alongside a series of screenshots showing a video posted by Fox News. YouTube is suggesting viewers read about 9/11 during Notre Dame-related streams, for some reason pic.twitter.com/mqNxVs5BSe — jordan (@JordanUhl) April 15, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “YouTube is suggesting viewers read about 9/11 during Notre Dame-related streams, for some reason,” another wrote with a screenshot of a video uploaded by NBC News. A spokesperson for YouTube told PEOPLE that they introduced the text box as a feature last year in order to help guide their viewers away from videos that spread conspiracy theories, including some surrounding the 9/11 attacks. They claim that the algorithm mistook the Cathedral fire as a video from the terrorist attacks, which triggered the text box. “We are deeply saddened by the ongoing fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral,” the spokesperson said. “These panels are triggered algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for live streams related to the fire.” The blaze at Notre Dame erupted around 6:30 p.m. Monday local time and completely consumed the spire and the structure’s roof. André Finot, a spokesman for the cathedral, told the New York Times that the cause of the fire is not yet clear. Though local TV network BFM-TVreports that the fire was “possibly linked” to the current $6.8 million renovation the building is undergoing and may have began in the rafters, but there were no workers scheduled to be on the rooftop scaffolding at the hour the fire broke out. RELATED: Notre Dame is Burning: What to Know About the Cathedral and the Relics Inside That May Be Lost Late Monday night local time, a fire official in Paris stated that the blaze had been contained and the main structure would be “saved and preserved,” according to a tweet form the AFP. “The worst has been avoided, but the battle isn’t fully won yet,” French President Emmanuel Macron told crowds in a speech given outside of the church Monday night. He promised also that the cathedral will be rebuilt. “It is with pride I tell you tonight we will rebuild this cathedral . . . we will rebuild Notre Dame because it is what the French expect of us, it is what our history deserves, it is, in the deepest sense, our destiny,” he said. (People.com Latest News) More More

Similar stories

YouTube Flagged Notre Dame Fire Videos as a Conspiracy, Directed Users to Info About 9/11 - PEOPLE.com

YouTube Flagged Notre Dame Fire Videos as a Conspiracy, Directed Users to Info About 9/11  PEOPLE.com

YouTube apologized for the algorithm that automatically triggered the disclaimers and said they have disabled them.

Posted on 15 April 2019 | 2:00 am | Google News

Jack Cullen's Notes: Q-C people doing what they do - Quad City Times

Jack Cullen's Notes: Q-C people doing what they do  Quad City Times

Follow Times reporter Jack Cullen online as he uncovers interesting and offbeat stories about Quad-City people.

Posted on 6 February 2019 | 3:01 pm | Google News

Retired Pope Benedict accused of anti-Semitism after article on Christians and Jews - Religion News Service

Retired Pope Benedict accused of anti-Semitism after article on Christians and Jews  Religion News Service

PARIS (RNS) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, head of the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013, is being accused of fostering anti-Semitism after ...

Posted on 3 August 2018 | 2:00 am | Google News

The Beachwood Reporter - The Beachwood Reporter

The Beachwood Reporter  The Beachwood Reporter

"The decision to quit diverting the motor fuel tax was a compromise reached between Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the commissioners. In exchange ...

Posted on 1 September 2016 | 11:31 am | Google News

On LGBT equality, middle ground is disappearing - Religion News Service

On LGBT equality, middle ground is disappearing  Religion News Service

(RNS) Middle ground is disappearing on the question of whether LGBT persons should be treated as full equals, without any discrimination in society — and on ...

Posted on 22 August 2016 | 2:00 am | Google News

Guy Turcotte Convicted Of Killing His Two Children - Huffington Post Canada

Guy Turcotte Convicted Of Killing His Two Children  Huffington Post Canada

SAINT-JEROME, Que. - Guy Turcotte has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his two young children more than six years ago.

Posted on 6 December 2015 | 3:00 am | Google News

Copyright © 2019 LastMinuteStuff.com
Contact info