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

Wednesday, 11 Jul, 2018

This year, the platform was forced to apologize when a video that reached the top of its Trending section claimed Parkland school shooting victim David Hogg was a "crisis actor".

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. The money will also be used on expanding the YouTube team that works with news publishers.

According to him, it will also fund about 20 global markets to support news outlets in building video capabilities and train video productionEncyclopedia staff. Starting Monday, some videos will also include text from outside sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica to make it easier for viewers to reach their their own conclusions. The company today is announcing a handful of features to combat the same issues on YouTube.

Next, for breaking news, within the next few weeks in the U.S., YouTube will provide a short preview of news articles in search results that link to full articles during the initial hours of a major news event.

It's harder to produce accurate and informative videos in the same time frame, so something Mohan called "a new information panel" will appear at the top of search results around developing news stories.

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

"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.

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

In addition, YouTube, the Google News Initiative and Google.org, are teaming with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a us -based initiative created to equip 1 million teens with digital-literacy skills.

It also unveiled plans to challenge hoax videos that frequently appear during breaking news events, by showing.

He added that 10,000 human reviewers at Google - so-called search quality raters who monitor search results around the world - are helping determine what will count as authoritative sources and news stories. The Top News and Breaking News features are already available in 17 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria. The company says it will double the number of countries that can access these features soon.