YouTube to invest $25 million to boost ‘trusted’ news sources

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

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

In February, for example, a YouTube video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube's No. 1 trending video.

Starting [Monday], 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.

Last year, Google Search had to address "fake news" appearing in "Featured Snippets" on the web and being offered as answers via Assistant and Google Home.

"YouTube pledges to make authoritative sources more readily accessible because it says authoritativeness is essential to viewers, especially during fast-moving, breaking news events".

This money will go towards employing experts to help develop news-specific features, funding sustainable video operations in 20 global markets, and expanding YouTube's existing support team that are dedicated to training and assisting news organizations around the world.

Another part of this initiative will be to better surface local news.

Titled "Developing news" it will appear immediately under the search field, above the list of video results.

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In addition, it will create new features in the U.S.to boost the distribution of local news. "That's why in the coming weeks in the U.S. 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".

"We're looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", the online giant said. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the US and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

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

To make it easier to find quality news, YouTube has launched "Top News" shelf that highlights videos from news sources in search results.

YouTube announced new measures today to stem the spread of conspiracy theory videos and fake news on its platform, including inserting context from trustworthy sources into search results about hot topics. These features are already in 17 countries including the US, UK, France, Nigeria and Italy.

"The player, which was rolled out in Europe in 2015, is now being used by over 100 publishers in 25 countries, " YouTube said.

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