Susan Wojcicki, chief executive of YouTube, announced the introduction of "information cues" at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Texas on Tuesday. "People can still watch the videos, but then they have access to additional information", Wojcicki said.
The move comes weeks after YouTube was criticized for letting a conspiracy theory video about last month's mass shooting in Parkland, Florida take the top spot in its "Trending" section.
YouTube is home to thousands of conspiracy videos covering a slew of conspiracy topics: flat Earth "evidence", fake moon landing claims, and more.
Critics have pointed out that controversial content can potentially radicalize viewers.
YouTube described the links to Wikipedia as "information cues" created to help users make informed decisions on the validity of the videos. It's worth noting that Wikipedia is also an open platform and is subject to bad actors manipulating information, although the nonprofit org's website by design includes community-based controls to edit out falsehoods.
YouTube will help combat that by linking to information about the topic found on Wikipedia.