YouTube To Invest $25 Million In Countering Fake News

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2018

In February, for example, a YouTube video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube's No. 1 trending video.

Now, more than ever, the world is demanding access to news that they can trust.

Part of that money will go toward helping news organizations build video operations. We " re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", added Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer.

Finally, Google says that it's going to start showing info cards from sources like Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica alongside "a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation".

Similar to Facebook's attempts to fight fake news by adding information about publishers and articles to News Feed, YouTube said it is will add context to search results about breaking news topics to help people quickly see if a video is from a trustworthy source. The company today is announcing a handful of features to combat the same issues on YouTube.

In the USA, the service will be trialing a short preview of verified news articles in the initial hours of news stories breaking, so that you can quickly learn the context behind the event and click through for more detailed information. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the US and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

Rather than recommending a video first, the algorithm will point to a text-based story surfaced by Google News.

The platform is also supporting MediaWise, a non-profit led by the Poynter Institute to help teens develop media and online awareness, and working with six YouTube Creators popular with young audiences, including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson "to bring awareness to digital literacy and help educate teens".

YouTube's app and desktop client have begun implementing some new features in certain countries, with more expected to roll out over the coming months to a larger pool of regions.

The service, owned by Google, will heavily promote videos from vetted news sources on the site's Top News and Breaking News sections "to make it easier to find quality news", and create new features - initially only in the United States - to help distribute local news. These two new features are now available in 17 countries including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and more.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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