YouTube Conspiracy Videos Earn Creators Thousands

News reports have implicated YouTube in the spread of fake news and extremism, often due to conspiracy videos touting false information.
The YouTube and Netflix app logos are seen on a television screen on March 23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. YouTube has drawn criticism for its role in spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories, but the platform is trying out new strategies to promote reliable sources.
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Louie Veleski has some interesting opinions. He thinks ghosts exist and humans have never been to the moon. A resident of Melbourne, Australia, Veleski expounds on his points of view on his YouTube channel, Better Mankind, which earns him up to $5,400 a month.

Conspiracy theories, it turns out, are very profitable for the YouTube-inclined entrepreneur. On his channel, Peladophobian, Ryan Silvey, 18 and also from Australia, posts videos like “School Is Illuminati” and “Donald Trump Is Vladimir Putin.” Though satirical, the videos may be lumped in with other contrarian or esoteric posts in search results. Silvey makes

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