The YouTube check algorithm incorrectly marks the live broadcast of the Notre Dame fire with details about the 9/11 terror attack
- YouTube accidentally tagged the fire of Notre Dame with details about the 9/11 attacks
- Google-owned company linked footage of the eruption to New York terror outrage
- Fact-checking algorithm accused of errors in connecting the collapsing towers
A YouTube fact-checking feature designed to tackle false information that has been accidentally tagged with live broadcasts of a burning Notre Dame cathedral in Paris with details about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The fire broke out on the UNESCO world heritage site in Monday's French capital, with the tower and roof of the French capital falling to the ground as flames and clouds of smoke burst into the sky.
The fire, which at some point threatened the entire building, was brought under control on Tuesday evening about nine hours after it broke out.
News stores started streaming live broadcasts of the fire on YouTube, but an unusual text box appeared under some clips – a mention of the Encyclopedia Britannica about the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.
The live broadcast on YouTube by broadcaster France 24 was tagged with an Encyclopedia Britannica contribution about the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York
In those attacks, Al-Qaeda militants hijacked two passenger planes and flew them to the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, causing them to collapse while throwing a third hijacked jet into the Pentagon. About 3000 people were killed.
But the algorithm designed to combat fake news connected the collapsing spire of Notre Dame with the Twin Towers in New York.
Social media reported that the same link was seen between rolling images of the Notre Dame eruption and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the YouTube channels of France 24, CBS and ABC.
A YouTube spokesperson, owned by Google, said the text box feature was disabled for live streams related to the fire.
A spokesperson said: & # 39; These panels are triggered algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong call. We are deeply saddened by the ongoing fire in Notre Dame cathedral. & # 39;
The 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York were linked last night to the collapsing spire of Notre Dame by Google & # 39; s & # 39; fake news & # 39; algorithm
Smoke and flames were seen during the fire in the characteristic Notre Dame cathedral in the center of Paris last night
The feature, which also includes links to other external sources such as Wikipedia, was introduced last year after YouTube was confronted with intense criticism of videos with misleading and extreme content.
The panels should combat misleading videos about known events – such as the first successful manned landing on the moon – by presenting the true facts, in an attempt to stop the spread of conspiracy theories.
YouTube, Facebook and Twitter came under fire last month after a horrific video of the deadly robbery of an armed man was distributed at two New Zealand mosques on the sites.
The massacre in Christchurch, in which 50 people were killed, was streamed live on Facebook, which moved to block the images. But it was then shared repeatedly on the other two sites.