YouTube Is Trying to Stop People from Seeing Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theories
(ANTIMEDIA) — Following the Las Vegas shooting, in which 59 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured, YouTube is altering its search algorithms in order to suppress conspiracy theories about the event. From the Wall Street Journal:
“YouTube this week surfaced videos peddling misinformation, hateful messages and conspiracy theories to users tracking major news events — prompting the site to change its search results to promote more authoritative sources.
“For example, the fifth result when searching ‘Las Vegas shooting’ on YouTube late Tuesday yielded a video titled ‘Proof Las Vegas Shooting Was a FALSE FLAG attack—Shooter on 4th Floor.’ The video said there were multiple shooters in Sunday’s mass shooting, a claim dismissed by law enforcement. Posted by a channel called the End Times News Report, it amassed more than 1.1 million views in about 27 hours.”
According to The Independent, which reportedly spoke to an unnamed source close to YouTube, the company