YouTube to invest $25 mn to boost 'trusted' news sources

Google wants you to turn to You Tube for breaking news

Google wants you to turn to You Tube for breaking news

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.

According to YouTube's executives, the goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users' feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences.

Google-owned YouTube Monday announced a new commitment of 20 million USA dollars to making authoritative news to counter false online information spreading on its platform, especially at the time of breaking-news events.

When a breaking news event happens, another new feature called "Breaking News" shelf will highlight videos from news organisations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage. This was announced in a post, in a YouTube Help Forum on June 27, noting that "this will not affect the content of the videos" and "There are no current plans to change or remove the ability to add custom thumbnails".

This will include short previews of news articles in YouTube search results on key breaking stories. The company also promised to assist news organisations struggling in a time of shrinking profits to try and find new sources of revenue as well as lend them its technological expertise.

"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".

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YouTube said Monday that it has built a "better news experience" on the Google-owned video site.

YouTube has unveiled a move to counter fake news by setting up working groups with media organisations and committing US$25 million to invest in expertise, innovation and support for news publishers.

The new feature is now available in 17 countries, and Mohan said that YouTube is looking to expand, as the company hopes to "double that number" in the coming months.

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

Google also plans to showcase more local news and has begun testing features around the United States, making it easy to access local news in the living room, YouTube's fastest-growing screen. The company says it will double the number of countries that can access these features soon. John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson will work with MediaWise to educate teenagers about digital media literacy.

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