YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki, announced that the platform, would cramp down on Conspiracy theories content on its platform by including Wikipedia links in videos that are controversial and conspiracy-related within the next few weeks.
This is an amazing move on the part of YouTube, but it seems the move was an idea the video streaming platform was quick at letting out before informing Wikipedia or Wikimedia of an intending partnership with them.
Wikimedia Foundation announced via its twitter page, that the foundation had not been notified about such partnership, “we were not given advance notice of this announcement,” said the Wikimedia Foundation in a statement on Twitter.
Wikimedia also made it clear that collaborative effort was neither formal with it or Wikipedia as well. Although, the foundation is happy that people are finally seeing its platform as a form of valid information database that can provide enough verification for information when there is a need to do so.
According to Wikimedia, content on its platform are possibly authentic because the foundation has wide number of contributors, and thousands of editors monitoring contents on the site and contents linked to conspiracy theories have people who track these events for years to make them as authentic as possible.
The platform’s content are freely licensed for use by anyone or institution who need to, because that the aim of the platform, to make the dissemination of information free and accessible to anyone who needs access to them.
So, let’s hope that a formal notification from YouTube, will make this collaboration one of the most effective in recent times.