YouTube To Invest $25 Million In Countering Fake News

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

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.

YouTube said it will provide funding in about 20 global markets to support news organizations in "building sustainable video operations". YouTube says the grants "will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimized for online video".

"Starting today, users will begin seeing information from third parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica, alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing", YouTube's chief product officer Neal Mohan and chief business officer Robert Kyncl said.

"We're looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", the online giant said.

Now YouTube says it's taking action against this kind of exploitation of breaking news situations.

This will include short previews of news articles in YouTube search results on key breaking stories. Google is now testing features that'll surface local news in the YouTube app for TVs, making it easier for users to find local news sources. "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.

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The service, owned by Google, will heavily promote videos from vetted news sources on the site's Top News and Breaking News sections "to make it easier to find quality news", and create new features - initially only in the United States - to help distribute local news.

Kyncl also announced a "working group" for YouTube executives and representatives of news outlets to "help us shape the future of news on YouTube".

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

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. The Top News and Breaking News features are already available in 17 countries, including the USA, the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria. In the coming months, Google plans to double the number of countries where these highlights are available.

For YouTube's TV client, more users in the U.S. will start to see local news surfacing on their homepage, and this service will be "expanding to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City".

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