Today a fire broke out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral and, as expected, many news networks offer live coverage of the breakup situation. What is a bit more unusual is that YouTube seemed to temporarily mix the unfortunate fire of a historic cathedral with the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in New York.
Below the live broadcasts of CBS and others, viewers saw an explainer of the attacks of September 11, 2001. These two things have no relationship, and there has been no indication that the Notre fire Give me the result of terrorism or even a criminal fire.
The 9/11 context was briefly visible below the live broadcasts of CBS News, NBC News and France 24 on Monday afternoon before being deleted. The fire coverage of ABC News, Fox News and others did not show it.
The little story paragraph on 9/11 is part of YouTube's fact-checking effort to prevent the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories on the platform. These information signs show details of Wikipedia and other sources such as Encyclopedia Britannica for events that abound in conspiracies. But it's strange that the company's algorithm links today's fire to September 11. "These panels are activated algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong call," said a YouTube spokesperson. "We are disabling these panels for live broadcasts related to the fire."
YouTube correctly and quickly identified the Notre Dame fire as a breaking news event, with trusted news reports emerging near the top of the search results. So part of the algorithm worked as planned.