(Stillness in the Storm Editor) A growing trend online is the outright censorship of “unapproved” content—particularly information that counters or undermines an official narrative. Recently, YouTube censored a video related to the Vegas Shooting, which apparently proved that there was a second shooter on the 4th floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. Although censorship isn’t new, this level of banning seems unprecedented.
As the below article details, the video was viewed over one million times within 27 hours, rising to the Vegas Shooting YouTube search results. What does this mean? Like other instances of suppression and censorship, it can be taken to mean that the truth is winning.
In the past the powers that be didn’t outright censor material of this kind. But today, more and more people are waking up to the truth and this means certain death for the fraudsters who run the planet. As a result, a more stringent method needed to be used—and likely this is only the beginning. I think this means we’re having a major impact on the information war—we’re winning. Now that doesn’t mean we can take a vacation, quite the contrary. It is time to sanely, compassionately, and respectfully share information that can help others awaken.
by Thuy Ong, October 6th, 2017
YouTube has changed its search algorithms to display more reliable and trustworthy sources after the violent attack in Las Vegas saw a spike in misinformation and hateful content appear on the site, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The paper reports that on Tuesday the fifth result shown when a user searches “Las Vegas shooting” showed a video that claimed there were multiple shooters involved (authorities had confirmed there was only one). The video, called “Proof Las Vegas Shooting Was a FALSE FLAG attack—Shooter on 4th Floor,” had received 1.1 million views in 27 hours. YouTube removed the video on Wednesday.
A source familiar with YouTube told the WSJ the video streaming site is accelerating the rollout of planned changes to its search engine in response to criticism. YouTube began showing more reliable sources in search results on Wednesday, but hasn’t revealed how it determines which sources are authoritative and which aren’t.
“When it comes to news, we have thousands of news publishers that present a variety of viewpoints,” the company said in an email to the WSJ.
Photo: Google via The WSJ
YouTube uses algorithms when ranking videos in search results and in choosing videos to feature on Up Next in the video player. The company had been working on tweaks to its search results for months but implemented the changes earlier than planned, the source said. The source also noted the changes still need work.
YouTube’s parent company Google also faced backlash and was forced to apologize after it featured a 4chan thread that misidentified the shooter in its Top News section. Following the Las Vegas shooting, Facebook’s Safety Check page was also filled with scammers and hoaxes.
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