1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member


    Metabunk 2018-10-26 14-41-14.


    In a very positive move, You tube has added a link to the Encyclopedia Britannica article on Contrails to most of the videos that promote the "chemtrails" conspiracy theory.

    It's a great article to use as the initial excerpt directly addresses the most common misconceptions about contrails - the idea that they always quickly dissipate.

    It's also a great quote because the Encyclopedia Britannica exists in print, where it says the same thing. here's a clip from the 1983 edition
    https://books.google.com/books?id=SBM8AAAAMAAJ&q=contrails+"last+for+several+hours"
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    (If someone can find a better image of this, I'd greatly appreciate it!)

    And of course there are many other books that say the same thing, as I described in this thread, and video
    https://www.metabunk.org/debunking-...a-study-of-70-years-of-books-on-clouds.t3201/

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X72uACIN_00

    (which ALSO has the EB Contrail article linked)

    While this might elicit cries of "propaganda" or "censorship", the information provided is both accurate and verifiable. I think the addition of neutral factual information to an otherwise highly misleading video is a good thing.
     
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  2. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    YouTube app on Android phone. Typed "chemtrails". Top hit has 1.2m views. No added EB info.

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    Last edited: Oct 26, 2018
  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I got it on my iPhone:
    Metabunk 2018-10-26 23-06-42.
     
  4. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    Neither through Chrome on Android phone.

    Is it perhaps in specific countries?
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2018
  5. Landru

    Landru Moderator Staff Member

    It doesn't work on my Android phone in US or IE on my computer. It does on Firefox on my computer.
     
  6. novatron

    novatron New Member

    I noticed today that Youtube has also pinned Encyclopedia Britannica articles to Moon Hoax and 9/11 Conspiracy videos.

    I searched some conspiracy topics (qanon, gmo, pizzagate, moon hoax and 9/11) and it appears to me that they have also recently changed their search engine as well. More "reputable" sources are now on the top of searches, while the more questionable sources, ones that push "conspiracy", have had their content pushed down, as well as some topics getting these new E.B articles pinned above the title on their videos and at the top of the search screen.
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  7. skephu

    skephu Senior Member

    I can't see this anywhere. Probably US only. Is it also on Dane Wigington's videos?
     
  8. novatron

    novatron New Member

    I just did a search for "geoengineering", Dane Wigington's channel comes up as the top search. Out of the 3 videos of his at the top of the search (pictured) only the bottom one has an E.B article pinned to it. Checking through a few of his videos from his page, some are flagged, some are not. I think he's getting around this someby not using the words "contrails" or "chemtrails" in his video titles or description.

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  9. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    Can we change the title of the thread to:
    YouTube adds Encyclopedia Britannica article on Contrails to all "Chemtrail" Videos [debunked]

    :D
     
  10. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I've removed the word "all"
     
  11. StratMatt777

    StratMatt777 Member

    FANTASTIC!!
    This has me wondering if they got my comments... I've been flagging chemtrail videos (and other nonsensical videos) telling YouTube that they are LEGALLY complicit in advancing lies that fuel and even create persecutory paranoid delusions that lead to people commenting about "shooting down" airliners that they think are "chemtrail planes", possibly leading to a terrorist attack against an airliner.
    But, of course, I doubt that I single-handedly caused this (since I'm not a fan of delusions). :)
     
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  12. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Moderator Staff Member

    I don't see any here in the UK either.
     
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  13. TheWiseOne

    TheWiseOne New Member

    When someone says that its a positive move that Youtube starts to add opposite viewpoints to any video that claims something other than the "official truth" they loose all credibility in their socalled search for truth.

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  14. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Those are not "opposing viewpoints" though, they are simple factual articles from an encyclopedia.
     
  15. Rory

    Rory Senior Member

    Not happening here in Spain. I switched on a VPN to make it seem I was in the US and the banner's not appearing on individual videos either, including the one mentioned in the OP.

    There is a banner, however, if I search for "chemtrails" from the youtube home page (with the VPN turned on):

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    When I switch the VPN off, it's no longer there.

    I guess they really are targeting the main market with this.
     
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  16. Alexandria Nick

    Alexandria Nick New Member

    Different subject matter, but related: Last night, my wife went to show me a video of something (Putin holding a cat, so nothing particularly out there), and the first result was a Russia Today video. The Android app now has a (paraphrasing) "Russia Today is majority owned by the Russian government" banner similar to these contrail ones.
     
  17. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Those have actually been around for longer than these Encyclopedia notices. I saw that RT banner months ago.
     
  18. Alexandria Nick

    Alexandria Nick New Member

    Huh, that's interesting. Neither of us had seen it before.
     
  19. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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