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YouTube reportedly fighting Captain Marvel trolls in search results

Not all superheroes wear capes.

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Now search results on YouTube for Captain Marvel star Brie Larson are tagged as news, elevating more authoritative sources.

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YouTube has reportedly tweaked its algorithm to deter Captain Marvel haters. Over the weekend, the video platform tagged results for Captain Marvel star "Brie Larson" as news. The change elevated more authoritative new sources.

Twitter user Julia Alexander spotted the difference in search results. In a Twitter thread, Alexander suggested the change may have been to push down trolling videos that focus on boycotting the film or how Larson was allegedly "ruining Marvel ."

Julia Alexander tweet

A tweet shows the differences between the two searches.

Julia Alexander

Ahead of its release, users began "review bombing" the film. Despite the attempt the flood of negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, as of Monday, Captain Marvel sits at 80 percent on the Tomatometer. 

Last July, YouTube committed $25 million to fighting fake news on its platform. The company made it easier to find news with "Top News" and "Breaking News" shelves, which highlight videos from authoritative sources. 

Originally published March 11 at 9.53 a.m. PT.
Update, at 10:26 a.m. PT: Adds more background about YouTube.