Study: How to Fight Fake Climate Science on YouTube

This The Revelator article discusses fake climate “science” on YouTube. A new study finds that fake science videos get millions of hits on YouTube. But scientists can help fix misinformation about climate change and other scientific topics.

You probably know you can’t believe everything you see on the Internet. But you may still be surprised to find how easily fake science makes its way through YouTube and other social media sites — and how intentionally it’s being promoted.

A new study from a researcher at Aachen University in Germany about the prevalence of inaccurate climate science and conspiracy theories on YouTube illustrates the grim reality, but also a way to fix it.

The study used 10 different search terms on YouTube, such as “climate change,” “climate science,” “geoengineering” and “climate hacking,” and analyzed the results to see which videos supported the scientific consensus around climate change and which did not.

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