YouTube says it will recommend fewer videos pushing conspiracy theories and other misinformation

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018.

Stephen Lam | Reuters

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018.

Google-owned YouTube said Friday that it will suggest fewer controversial videos as a means to improve its recommendation system.

The company has come under fire in recent months for highlighting conspiracy theories and politically-motivated attack ads alongside otherwise unassuming content. YouTube has seen particular criticism for suggesting extremist videos alongside children’s content and for featuring misinformation around national tragedies.

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