YouTube wrongly links the Notre Dame fire with the attacks of September 11

The company blamed the confusion on its algorithms. The links in all Notre Dame fire publications were removed after the problem was identified.


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(CNN) - A YouTube feature designed to combat misinformation offered just that during a major news event on Monday: linked the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral with the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The company blamed the confusion on its algorithms. The links in all Notre Dame fire publications were removed after the problem was identified.

A label with a paragraph taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica provided background information for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, under multiple live streams of the YouTube fire, including those published by NBC News, CBS News and France 24.

The fire broke out in Paris on Monday night. The cause is unknown at this time. The videos and images of the flames quickly began to appear on social networks.

In a statement to CNN Business, a YouTube spokesman said he was aware and was studying the problem.

"These panels are activated algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong decision. We are deactivating these panels for live broadcasts related to the fire, "said the spokesman.

YouTube said it launched the information panels last year with links to third-party sources, such as Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia, for subjects subject to misinformation.

YouTube launched its data verification function in 2018 in an attempt to help address the misinformation. The move came after the site was criticized for recommending conspiracy videos after major news events such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest shooting in modern US history.

The company first announced functionality in a blog post last July, saying that third-party verifications from reputable sources would appear along with videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been the subject of misinformation, like the landing on Luna and the bombing of Oklahoma City. "

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REF: https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2019/04/15/youtube-vincula-erroneamente-el-incendio-de-notre-dame-con-los-ataques-del-11-de-septiembre/

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