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YouTube cracks down on 'flat Earth' theory

Posted at 7:24 AM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 09:24:45-05

TUCSON, Ariz. -- If you think the world is flat, do not count on YouTube to support your theory.

Curators are promising to stop promoting the sensational and false clips that fill the video-sharing website. The new push was announced in a blog post.

The post says it will look at reducing the spread of content but still keep in mind the Community Guidelines users agree to when setting up an account.

"While this shift will apply to less than one percent of the content on YouTube, we believe that limiting the recommendation of these types of videos will mean a better experience for the YouTube community," the YouTube Team said in the post.

This is the website's latest attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation. According to the post, the change will rely on a combination of machine learning and real people doing the filtering.

Facebook and Twitter are also taking similar steps towards the "Flat Earth" theories.