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Virtual Legality Episode 213

YouTube and Authoritative Sources: A Seductive Fallacy

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With YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter taking increasingly aggressive actions to "scrub" their content of opinion that doesn't line up with the guidance of governments, world health organization, or news outlets, the question becomes "Just what is an 'Authoritative Source', anyway?"

To answer that question (and discuss the inherent failures of appealing to authority solely because of that authority), we turn to the exact words used by YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan in an interview given to web outlet Protocol this week.

We've never made a video in our basement...in Virtual Legality.

#YouTube #Authority #AuthoritativeSources


Discussed in this episode:

"YouTube’s Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan | Protocol Virtual Meetup"
YouTube Video - April 23, 2020 - protocol
https://youtu.be/rivsTA9jnaA

"Neal Mohan"
LinkedIn Profile
https://www.linkedin.com/in/neal-mohan/

"Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) updates"
YouTube Help Page
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9777243#resources

"YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund 'Authoritative' News"
Wired - July 9, 2020 - Issie Lapowsky
https://www.wired.com/story/youtube-debuts-plan-to-promote-fund-authoritative-news/

"Monetization update on COVID-19 content"
YouTube Help Page
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9803260

"Argument from authority"
Wikipedia Entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_authority

"The surgeon general wants Americans to stop buying face masks"
CNN Health - March 2, 2020 - Leah Asmelash
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/29/health/face-masks-coronavirus-surgeon-general-trnd/index.html


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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