Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

YouTube To Invest $25 Million In Countering Fake News

YouTube To Invest $25 Million In Countering Fake News

As well as the investment, which will be partly used to fund a working group to spearhead news product features, the company is changing how its site works to "make authoritative sources readily accessible". "That's why our Breaking News shelf highlights videos from news organizations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage".

This year, the platform was forced to apologize when a video that reached the top of its Trending section claimed Parkland school shooting victim David Hogg was a "crisis actor".

"We will provide funding across approximately 20 global markets to support news organisations in building sustainable video operations", the blog post added. The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities.

Alexios Mantzarlis, a Poynter Institute faculty member who helped Facebook team up with fact-checkers (including The Associated Press), said the text story snippet at the top of search results was 'cautiously a good step forward'. "That's why in the coming weeks in the United States we will start providing a short preview of news articles in search results on YouTube that link to the full article during the initial hours of a major news event, along with a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change", they write. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the US and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

Users watching "videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation" will be presented with a brief contextual summary from sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica.

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The statement continued: "Today, we're announcing steps we're taking with the Google News Initiative to support the future of news in online video, and product features we've been working on to improve the news experience on YouTube".

"After a breaking news event, it takes time to verify, produce and publish high-quality videos", according to the YouTube statement.

The first partners in the program will be US -based Vox Media, Jovem Pan of Brazil and India Today.

"It's very easy to quickly produce and upload low-quality videos spreading misinformation around a developing news event", he said. Currently, the Top News and Breaking News features are launched in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria.

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.

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