Friday, 20 July, 2018

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks YouTube is fighting fake news with $25M to promote journalism and more context in search results
Deanna Wagner | 10 July, 2018, 18:55

YouTube says $25 million will be spent on "innovation funding" grants for news organizations and for more support staff at the company.

YouTube's role in promoting conspiracy theories has flared up in recent months.

YouTube has been facing backlash for more than a year related to hateful and inappropriate videos as well as fake news on its site.

Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations. Starting Monday, some videos will also include text from outside sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica to make it easier for viewers to reach their their own conclusions. We " re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", added Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer. The company today is announcing a handful of features to combat the same issues on YouTube.

"This is along with a reminder that breaking news can change rapidly, " he noted.

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It's also testing features that will surface local news on the YouTube television app.

In the United States, 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. "So far, local news has seen strong engagement, and we will be expanding it to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City", the YouTube execs wrote.

The Breaking News "shelf" on the YouTube home page will show video from news sources about an event that has just occurred (check out the image at the top of this article).

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 has already been trying to address this problem with a prominent Top News and Breaking News section that directs users to videos from major publications. 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 will also work with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education to support MediaWise to help teens develop media literacy skills.