YouTube Plans to Add “Information Panels” to “Fake News” Videos

Now that YouTube is “cracking down on conspiracy videos,” I expect my “The Real Syria Story” video produced for Newsbud in 2016—currently at over 900,00 views—will have an “information panel” designed to debunk it as a conspiracy theory. It will link to Wikipedia, known for its leftwing bias. 

CBS News reported on March 7:

The information shown in the panels is provided by YouTube’s verified fact-checking partners, which have gone through an eligibility process and rely on the schema.org ClaimReview markup process. Panels may include terms such as “Hoax Alert!” and “FAKE” to alert users of the potentially incorrect content that may appear in search results.

Prior to YouTube’s decision to redirect traffic to pages supporting official government narratives, it slapped an “age restriction” on my video. This means that anyone who wants to view the video will be forced to login and prove they are at least 18-years old. 

My video doesn’t contain pornography, the usual reason for an age restriction. I later discovered YouTube’s decision was based on a clip in the video showing the murder of Syrians during the “civil war” in the country. It is a bloody clip showing bullet-riddled bodies. The clip was posted on YouTube without age restriction. It is age restricted on my video for a simple reason—to prevent the public from learning something contrary to the official narrative. If the video had received only a few thousand views, it wouldn’t be on YouTube’s hit list. 

The effort to steer people away from political videos not following official sources of information is not yet ready for primetime in the US. It is currently available only to users in India. YouTube plans to roll it out platform-wide later this year. 

Wikipedia has a list of “conspiracy theories” on its website. Not surprisingly, the first topic on that list is the “New World Order,” followed by the Federal Reserve. False flag operations come in third. 

Here is the Wikipedia writeup on the “New World Order.”

This conspiracy theory states that a group of international elites controls and manipulates governments, industry, and media organizations worldwide. The primary tool they use to dominate nations is the system of central banking. They are said to have funded and in some cases caused most of the major wars of the last 200 years, carry out false flag attacks to manipulate populations into supporting them, and they have a grip on the world economy, deliberately causing inflation and depressions at will. Operatives working for the New World Order are said to be placed in high positions in government and industry. The people behind the New World Order are thought to be international bankers, in particular the owners of the private banks in the Federal Reserve System and other central banks, and members of the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group.[1] The New World Order is also said to control supranational and global organizations such as the European Union, United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the proposed North American Union. The term gained popularity following its use in the early 1990s by President George H. W. Bush when he referred to his “dream of a New World Order” in his speech to the United States Congress on September 11, 1990.

This is a pretty good summation of what is actually happening.

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