caption Susan Wojcicki is CEO of YouTube. source Stephen Lam/Reuters YouTube has been under fire for promoting conspiracy theories in its search and suggestions. In a viral Twitter thread, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes demonstrates how quickly a simple search can return wild misinformation. YouTube said it is “aware” of the issues after being contacted by Business Insider. The Federal Reserve is a critically important body for the global economy that’s also frequently misunderstood. So what happens when you visit the biggest video website in the world, YouTube, which is owned by Google, and look for some basic information about the US central bank? If you thought you might learn about the Fed’s dual mandates for shaping monetary policy, or about the 12 regional banks in the Federal Reserve System, you’d be mistaken. Instead, what you’ll get is a jumble of harebrained conspiracy theories and misinformation, as MSNBC’s … [Read more...] about One viral thread shows how quickly YouTube’s recommendations steer people to conspiracy theories and false information
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During the election campaign, Donald Trump has several times made it clear that his priority is to make humans set foot on the moon again. But last week, unexpectedly, NASA has called off Resource Prospector mission, a small rover program which was designed to excavate elements like hydrogen and oxygen from the lunar poles. As NASA has decided to terminate the program, space scientists are baffled, as on November 2017, Donald Trump had directed NASA to return humans back to the moon as a part of Space Policy Directive 1. Meanwhile, a group from the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group has apparently written a letter to NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine to re-evaluate the decision calling off the lunar program. "We wanted to make him aware so he could do his own investigation as to why Space Policy Directive 1 is being ignored," said Clive Neal of the lunar exploration analysis group, Daily Star reports. Now, conspiracy theorists have started alleging that NASA is trying to hide … [Read more...] about NASA’s cancellation of next lunar mission heats up fake moon landing theory
Two months ago, when Professor Stephen Hawking, the legendary physicist and cosmologist celebrated his 76th birthday on January 8, 2017, conspiracy theroists were up in arms claiming that the legend was indeed dead long ago and his look-alike was playing his role.Now that the family of Hawking finally announced that the scientist did die on Wednesday, the conspiracy theorists may now take time to ponder to connect the two incidents before coming up with another wild theory or fabrication.Suffering from the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or the Lou Gehrig's disease, Hawking has been paralyzed since the early 1970s but lived through his painful life using a speech synthesizer to convey his thoughts since 1986.These conspiracy theorists had claimed that the legendary scientist died way back in 1985, almost three years before the release of his not-so-theoretical but a general book 'A Brief History of Time', reflecting a vivid departure from his previous scholarly … [Read more...] about Conspiracy theorists claim Stephen Hawking died in 1985, not now!
By John Herrman The New York Times Thu., Feb. 22, 2018 NEW YORK—YouTube’s list of “Trending” videos typically includes funny clips, updates from popular YouTube personalities, movie trailers and viral TV segments. On Wednesday, for a brief time, the No. 1 trending video on YouTube featured David Hogg, a survivor of the massacre last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The caption claimed, falsely, that Hogg, 17, was not a student, but an “actor.” The video, originally posted in August, was a brief local news segment. In it, Hogg was interviewed by the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles after witnessing a dispute between a lifeguard and a swimmer at Redondo Beach. On Tuesday, a YouTube user who went under the name “mike m.” copied and re-uploaded the video with a new caption: “DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR ...” With that terse descriptor, “mike m.” tapped into conspiracies circulating … [Read more...] about How a despicable Parkland conspiracy video hit No. 1 on YouTube
2018 is just 14 days away from now, and the whole world is all set to welcome the New Year, hoping it will be more prosperous and fruitful than the past. As 2017 is coming to an end now, we at IBTimes Singapore take a glimpse back and jot down biggest conspiracy theories which shook the world in the past eleven months.Nibiru: The killer planetThe conspiracy theory surrounding Nibiru was undoubtedly the biggest bizarre claim the world witnessed in 2017. David Meade, a self-proclaimed Christian numerologist predicted that the world will end on September 23, 2017, as rogue planet Nibiru will hit our planet with full fury. The statements of David Meade soon went viral on the Internet, and many people who believed his words even started preparing for the ultimate doomsday.In the meantime, conspiracy theorists including Matt Rogers openly came forward and affirmed that Nibiru is real. He also added the Governments all around the world is spraying chemtrails in the sky to hide the existence … [Read more...] about From Nibiru attack to Flat Earth theory: The biggest conspiracy theories that shook the world in 2017