After Google News, YouTube overhauls platform to fight misinformation

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2018

According to the post, in the coming weeks in the USA the platform will be providing preview links of news stories on YouTube-linking out to complete articles-during breaking news events, along with reminders that breaking and developing news can shift very quickly.

In their statement, Mohan and Kyncl acknowledged such problems: "We know there is a lot of work to do, but we're eager to provide a better experience to users who come to YouTube everyday to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources".

In the coming weeks, YouTube will introduce similar info cards to news-related search results.

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.

Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations.

YouTube will also highlight videos from trusted news organisations in a new Breaking News feature.

On Monday, Android Police learned that YouTube is developing new features to improve the transparency and accessibility of news content on its website and apps.

Already available in 17 countries including the United States and UK, YouTube's Top News and Breaking News will display videos from known news sources in relevant search results for the former, and as a section on the home page in regards to the latter.

Surfacing more local news stories. Part of that money will go toward helping news organizations build video operations.

Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday announced a few improvements it intends to make to the news discovery and viewing experience.

Currently, these sections are available in 17 countries including the US, UK, France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria. "Journalists often write articles first to break the news rather than produce videos", YouTube said in a blog post. But YouTube, which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has also endured criticism for its algorithms that promote conspiracy theorist and extremist videos. Over the coming months, that number will double.

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