A fire engulfed Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris today and news outlets immediately began streaming live broadcasts on YouTube. Below several of the videos was an odd block of info from Encyclopedia Britannica about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Underneath live streams from CBS and other news sources on YouTube, users saw an info for the completely unrelated September 11th, 2001, attacks. Nothing suggests the Notre Dame fire is a result of terrorism or even arson.
The block of info regarding 9/11 underneath the videos are part of an effort by YouTube to prevent the spread of misinformation on the platform.
“These panels are triggered algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for live streams related to the fire,” said a YouTube spokesman.