YouTube to crack down on fake news, backing 'authoritative' sources

  • YouTube to crack down on fake news, backing 'authoritative' sources

YouTube to crack down on fake news, backing 'authoritative' sources

In the wake of such incidents, Google and YouTube have since seen the need to take more proactive steps to support news on YouTube as well as educate users about spotting fake news. The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities.

For longer-lasting hoaxes, such as the claim that the moon landings were fake, YouTube will on Tuesday launch a previously announced programme to link to authoritative sources, such as Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica, under videos on those topics.

"We believe quality journalism requires sustainable revenue streams and that we have a responsibility to support innovation in products and funding for news", the company's chief product officer and chief business officer, Neal Mohan and Robert Kyncl respectively, said in a statement.

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.

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".

YouTube also has begun testing features that distribute local news in the YouTube app for connected TVs across 25 media markets in the U.S.

According to the post, in the coming weeks in the US the platform will be providing preview links of news stories on YouTube-linking out to complete articles-during breaking news events, along with reminders that breaking and developing news can shift very quickly. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the US and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

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

"It's very easy to quickly produce and upload low-quality videos spreading misinformation around a developing news event", he said.

When users search for videos about a big event or a breaking news story, a snippet of a published article from a third-party news source will appear at the top of the search results.

It is already available in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria.

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". YouTube says that number will double in the coming months.