With breaking news being particularly vulnerable to conspiracy theories and misinformation campaigns, YouTube says it will show previews and links to news articles from reputable sources in its search results in an attempt to provide more context to any particular event.
YouTube is running a "small and brief" experiment, involving 0.3% of users for a few weeks, however it's causing a bit of an uproar among the community of creators.
Following a year in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy-theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas, the company announced on Monday a slew of new features it hopes will make news on the platform more reliable and less susceptible to manipulation. Mohan and Kyncl pointed out that journalists write articles first to break news instead of producing videos as the process takes time. To achieve this, Google will spend $25 million to develop new features that will improve the way YouTube disseminates current events.
This was meant to combat fake news on the platforms of the world's largest video-sharing network and give publishers more opportunities to make money. Meanwhile, the breaking news shelf on the website home page will showcase videos from news sources about an event that 'has just occurred.' These features are available in 17 countries including the US, UK, France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and more.
At the NY event, Mr Mohan said everything is still in the early stages, when pressed to explain how YouTube would determine what was an authoritative source. These sections now appear in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria, and Google aims to double that number in the coming months.
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The money will also be used toward innovation funding in 20 global markets, and on expanding the support team that works with news publishers around the world.
YouTube said Monday that it has built a "better news experience" on the Google-owned video site.
To help with this contextualization, YouTube will also be teaming up with a variety of organizations that are dedicated to digital literacy education, particularly with MediaWise, which aims to help a million United States teens discern legitimate sources from fake news.
In addition, YouTube, the Google News Initiative and Google.org, are teaming with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a US -based initiative created to equip 1 million teens with digital-literacy skills. YouTube says that number will double in the coming months.