Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

YouTube Rolls Out Plan To Fight Misinformation When News Breaks 07/11/2018

YouTube YouTube will guide viewers to news websites during breaking news events in a bid to rectify its fake news problem Credit PA
Melinda Barton | 12 July, 2018, 04:12

The company also promises to support reputable news sources.

The decision comes ahead of the 2018 USA midterm elections, a time when other social media sites are under scrutiny for potentially impacting political outcomes fueled by false information.

"Journalists often write articles first to break the news rather than produce videos".

YouTube is mindful that it takes more time to edit news video packages together during breaking news moments compared to written articles, so will begin to feature previews of articles from authoritative sources at the top of search results.

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.

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.

In its continuing efforts to fight fake news and conspiracy theories on the platform, YouTube on Monday said it will make "authoritative" news sources more prominent, especially in the aftermath of breaking news events, such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, major accidents and other situations where misinformation can spread quickly.

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.

YouTube appears to be more serious in serving up news content to users.

From today (10 July), new Top News and Breaking News shelves will appear on the YouTube homepage in 17 countries including Ireland, the United States, the UK, France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and more.

The video platform will also provide funding to news organisations around the world, helping them to build sustainable video operations.

YouTube also said it's committed to hiring more people who will directly work with news organizations, and it's convening a working group of representatives from news organizations to help surface issues and develop features (Vox Media, Brazil's Jovem Pan, and India Today are cited as members of the group). In the coming months, Google plans to double the number of countries where these highlights are available.

YouTube content creators, including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson, will be working with MediaWise to bring awareness to digital literacy and help educate with teens.