YouTube Launches Initiative Against Fake News, Pledges $25 Million to Organizations

YouTube Launches Initiative Against Fake News, Pledges $25 Million to Organizations

That includes videos related to news events, which is why Google has announced an effort to help users find quality, authoritative videos on news. The challenge is deciding what constitutes authority when the public seems more divided than ever on which news sources to trust-or whether to trust the traditional news industry at all.

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.

The company did not specify which news sources it would consider authoritative.

It's also testing features that will surface local news on the YouTube television app.

He acknowledged the problems that have cropped up in the wake of school shootings and other tragedies, when videos full of conspiracy theories and other nonsense were served up to unsuspecting viewers.

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With breaking news being particularly vulnerable to conspiracy theories and misinformation campaigns, YouTube says it will show previews and links to news articles from reputable sources in its search results in an attempt to provide more context to any particular event.

Whether the "fake news" makers are trying to spread propaganda, or just make a quick buck, the effect is the same: The videos end up confusing users who just want accurate information. In the U.S., the number of people watching Youtube for news has tripled since 2016, Youtube executives said.

The internet giant said it aims to provide funding across 20 global markets to support news organisations to build sustainable video operations.

Still, Mantzarlis believes it would be best if Google used people over algorithms to vet fake news entirely.

Additionally, Kyncl discussed YouTube's new "working group" for executives and representatives of news outlets to "help shape the future of news on YouTube". These two new features are now available in 17 countries including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and more. The company says it will double the number of countries that can access these features soon. YouTube will also work with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education to support MediaWise to help teens develop media literacy skills.

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