YouTube launches $25m crackdown on 'fake news' videos

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According to the post, in the coming weeks in the USA the platform will be providing preview links of news stories on YouTube-linking out to complete articles-during breaking news events, along with reminders that breaking and developing news can shift very quickly.

To make it easier to find quality news, YouTube has launched "Top News" shelf that highlights videos from news sources in search results.

YouTube said it would expand its support team for news publishers, and provide additional sources and context on breaking news.

This includes earmarking $25 million in Google News Initiative funding to create a working group of news organizations and media experts that will advise YouTube on new features.

Part of that money will go toward helping news organizations build video operations.


For common conspiracy subjects - what YouTube delicately calls 'well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, ' such as the moon landing and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing - Google will add information from such third parties for users who search on these topics.

The company is also testing ways to counter conspiracy videos with generally trusted sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica.

The goal is to counter the fake videos that can proliferate immediately after shootings, natural disasters and other major happenings. In addition to tackling hate speech and inappropriate content of all kinds, the company is now also trying to fight fake news across its platform.

So YouTube aims to short-circuit the misinformation loop with text stories that can quickly provide more accurate information.

YouTube announced the plan in a blog post earlier today.


Those officials, however, offered only vague descriptions of which sources YouTube will consider authoritative.

As part of the partnership with MediaWise, six YouTube creators - including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson - will be creating videos meant to raise awareness about digital literacy and help educate teens about identifying legit sources of news and information. This will appear at the top of the search results and will include a reminder that breaking news can rapidly change. We " re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", added Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer.

"YouTube is expanding its Player for Publishers, a solution that allows publishers and news organisations to embed YouTube's video player on their own websites and mobile apps".

He said it would be preferable if Google used people instead of algorithms to vet fake news.


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