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YouTube to fight conspiracy theory videos by showing users Wikipedia links

YouTube YouTube will guide viewers to news websites during breaking news events in a bid to rectify its fake news problem Credit PA
Steven Clarke | 10 July, 2018, 18:57

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

Beginning in the coming weeks, when YouTube users in the United States search for videos on breaking news, they will see short excerpts of the news as well as the links to different media.

Similar to Facebook's attempts to fight fake news by adding information about publishers and articles to News Feed, YouTube said it is will add context to search results about breaking news topics to help people quickly see if a video is from a trustworthy source.

According to Mohan, YouTube starts to display information from third parties such as Wikip and Encyclopaedia Britannica, and video clips on well-established historical and scientific topics. This will appear at the top of the search results and will include a reminder that breaking news can rapidly change. 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.

"We " re establishing a working group with news organisations and experts from around the world to help us develop new product features, improve the news experience on YouTube and tackle emerging challenges", said Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube, in a blog post late on Monday. Members already include Vox Media, Brazilian radio station Jovem Pan and India Today, with more to be added in the coming weeks.

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As part of YouTube's recent initiative, the company pledged $25 million to support journalism expertise and publishers on the platform.

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 USA - to help distribute local news. 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.

As part of the partnership with MediaWise, six YouTube creators - including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson - will be creating videos meant to raise awareness about digital literacy and help educate teens about identifying legit sources of news and information.

"When a breaking news event happens, we want users to know about it", YouTube's managers wrote.

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