YouTube takes strict stance against conspiracy videos with new algorithm - Dexerto

YouTube takes strict stance against conspiracy videos with new algorithm

Published: 27/Jan/2019 22:27 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 22:43

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube published a blog post on January 25 that revealed their new method to shutting down conspiracy content on the platform – by limiting recommendations.

In the blog post, YouTube took a hard stance against such videos that deny historical events, promote “miracle cures” for major illnesses, and make false claims about scientific evidence (a la flat-earthers).

YouTube admitted that, while such content doesn’t violate their community guidelines, it could spread harmful misinformation to users across the site, thus prompting direct action.

YouTubeYouTube is taking a strict stance toward conspiracy content on its platform, introducing a new algorithm to prevent recommendations of such videos.

“…we’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways,” YouTube said of the issue. “…we believe that limiting the recommendation of these types of videos will mean a better experience for the YouTube community.”

YouTube went on to claim that their algorithm will affect less than one percent of content across the site, and will not remove the offending videos completely.

Movieweb.comYouTube’s new algorithm will reduce recommendations for videos that promote “conspiracy content” on the site.

Additionally, YouTube revealed that their upcoming algorithm relies on both machine learning and actual employees, who are trained using the site’s guidelines and “critical input.”

YouTube is set to roll out this change “gradually,” with the algorithm being introduced to countries outside the US as the system becomes more accurate over time.

YouTube’s latest response to conspiracy videos follows a string of scams across the platform, where major content creators were being impersonated by scammers who sent messages to fans with the promise of exclusive giveaways. 

YouTube has since replied to concern over the issue, claiming that they are amping up security measures to prevent such impersonations.


Jeffree Star sued by Anna Nicole Smith Estate over lipstick shade name

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:54

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Jeffree Star has been involved in several controversies throughout the years, but now the internet personality has found himself in hot water after being sued for using Anna Nicole Smith’s name in a lipstick shade.

Jeffree Star is a multi-talented internet personality, but he’s best known for being the founder and owner of Jeffree Star Cosmetics.

His cosmetics company reportedly sells more than 100 million dollars worth of products each year. It started with three lipstick colors and expanded into a whopping collection of many different make-up products.

Jeffree Star Anna Nicole Smith SuedJeffree Star is no stranger to controversy.

However, the company has recently been sued by Anna Nicole Smith’s estate for selling a lipstick named “Anna Nicole” in their Velour Liquid Lipsticks line. The estate inherited all the intellectual property rights associated with her name after she passed away in February 2007.

The estate believes the lipstick was clearly named after Anna Nicole Smith. They also claim it’s a very similar shade to the one she wore herself. What’s more, it seems like Jeffree Star Cosmetics never sought out permission to use her name on their products.

Jeffree Star Anna Nicole Smith Sued
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Anna Nicole and Hugh Hefner at the 1993 Playboy Playmate of the Year Party in Beverly Hills.

This prompted them to file a lawsuit, claiming Jeffree Star Cosmetics used Anna Nicole Smith’s “name, image, and likeness to advertise for sale and sell its different commercial products.”

The estate also claimed the company is selling a lip liner and eyeliner inspired by Anna Nicole Smith. It also happens to be one of their best-selling products.

If their lawsuit is successful, it’s very likely that they could be entitled to some or all of the profits Jeffree Star Cosmetics has made from selling the Anna Nicole lipstick, as well as the additional lip liner and eyeliner. 

Jeffree Star has not made an official response to the lawsuit yet. However, we will update you as more information arises.