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CONSPIRACY theorists have been accused of hijacking scientific terms on YouTube to appear credible, according to research by German scientists.

The study addressed the types of results users are presented with when searching terms such as "geoengineering" or "climate modification". It looked at 200 videos about climate change on the Googleowned platform and found that more than half the results included content that was not in line with mainstream scientific views.

Many of the videos feature the "chemtrails" conspiracy theory - a belief that condensation trails left by planes deliberately eject harmful substances to modify the weather, control people, or for biological or chemical warfare.

"It's alarming to find that the majority of videos propagate conspiracy theories about climate science and technology," said study author, Dr Joachim Allgaier, senior researcher at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 26, 2019
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