YouTube to Highlight Breaking News, Including Links to Articles

YouTube will fight fake news and conspiracy theorists by linking to reputable articles

YouTube to Highlight Breaking News, Including Links to Articles

At such times, YouTube will begin showing users short text previews of news stories in video search results, as well as warnings that the stories can change.

Mohan said YouTube's recommendation engine has been tweaked so that news-related searches will show results from more reliable outlets.

He added that 10,000 human reviewers at Google _ so-called search quality raters who monitor search results around the world _ are helping determine what will count as authoritative sources and news stories.

YouTube pledges to make authoritative sources more readily accessible because it says authoritativeness is essential to viewers, especially during fast-moving, breaking news events. For this, Google " s YouTube is investing $25 million to develop new features meant to reduce misinformation and help support "legitimate' news organisations build video operations.

YouTube appears to be more serious in serving up news content to users.

In addition, YouTube will provide links to Wikipedia or the Encyclopedia Britannica with controversial videos or conspiratorial issues such as the Moon landing.

At a press event in NY, the world's biggest video website outlined a number of improvements and investments, all created to show that it is an ally of news publishers.

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 USA teens discern legitimate sources from fake news. Part of the funding will also be used for grants that will be awarded to news organizations through an application process to help them train staff and build their video production capabilities. Company executives announced the effort at YouTube's NY offices. At present, the company is directing its users away from fake news through the Top News and Breaking News sections that feature content from major publications, as per 9To5Google.

YouTube has unveiled a move to counter fake news by setting up working groups with media organisations and committing US$25 million to invest in expertise, innovation and support for news publishers. Over the coming months, that number will double. Six incredible YouTube Creators, including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen, and Mark Watson, will be working with MediaWise to bring awareness to digital literacy and help educate teens.

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