By: Kyle James | 10-06-2017 | News
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YouTube Alters Search Algorithm To Combat Conspiracy Theories In Wake Of Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the deadliest shooting massacre in US history, YouTube has updated its search engine to combat misinformation and promote more authoritative videos. The change is focused on diminishing the reach of conspiracy theories and harmful messages spreading misinformation on the online video sharing platform.

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The deadly shooting occurred last Sunday night when 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival from a sniper perch at the Mandalay Bay. YouTube says videos propagating conspiracy theories and misinformation began climbing the search engine ranks shortly after. Both Google and Facebook are facing similar issues this week. The WSJ brought attention Tuesday night to the fact that the fifth result for "Las Vegas shooting" on YouTube was a video by the name of "Proof Las Vegas Shooting Was a FALSE FLAG attack – Shooter on 4th Floor." The video focuses on a rumor that has since been disputed by authorities. YouTube rolled out changes to the search engine algorithms Wednesday night and sped up deadlines for future planned changes to the search engine.

The new changes focus on keeping reputable results about major news events, including things like the NFL protests, at the forefront and keeping inaccurate clickbait-style videos at bay. Although YouTube did not announce how exactly these changes work, they are confident they will provide more accurate content in search results.

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