YouTube will begin promoting and paying for legitimate news

Howard TerryJul 11, 2018

"That's why in the coming weeks in the United States we will start providing a short preview of news articles in search results on YouTube that link to the full article during the initial hours of a major news event, along with a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change", they write.

The Google-owned service, which has been beset by accusations that it allows conspiracy theories and terrorist content to flourish, will promote videos from vetted sources on its Top News and Breaking News sections "to make it easier to find quality news".

Seventeen countries already have access to "Top News" and "Breaking News" features on YouTube, but the company says it hopes to double that soon.

YouTube is pouring $25 million into journalism on its platform in a push to support trustworthy news organizations and help them produce online videos.

YouTube also promises to provide grants to news organizations, on an application basis, "across approximately 20 global markets to support news organizations in building sustainable video operations".

Starting [Monday], users will begin seeing information from third parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica, alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

The goal is to counter the fake videos that can proliferate immediately after shootings, natural disasters and other major happenings.

In these urgent cases, traditional video won't do, since it takes time for news outlets to produce and verify high-quality clips. The money will also be used on expanding the YouTube team that works with news publishers.

So YouTube aims to short-circuit the misinformation loop with text stories that can quickly provide more accurate information.

Those officials, however, offered only vague descriptions of which sources YouTube will consider authoritative. YouTube executives Neal Mohan, chief product officer and Robert Kyncl, chief business officer, outlined the new measures in a blog post Monday. That will also include "a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change", Mohan and Kyncl wrote.

As part of the partnership with MediaWise, six YouTube creators - including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson - will be creating videos meant to raise awareness about digital literacy and help educate teens about identifying legit sources of news and information.

But he anxious what would happen to fake news videos that were simply recommended by YouTube's recommendation engine and would appear in feeds without being searched.

Google said in March that it planned to tweak the company's mighty search algorithms to help filter out fake news.

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