YouTube to invest $25mn in countering fake news

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

YouTube is investing $25 million in improving the breaking news experience on the video platform.

While the notion of promoting legitimate news sources over fake news and disinformation is a noble one, there is still a great deal of debate over which side of the divide certain publications would land on - particularly where citizen's political leanings dictate the news sources they trust. We " re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", added Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer.

YouTube will also be enlisting the help of some of the platform's popular creators to educate consumers - specifically kids - about fake news. The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities.

To help with this contextualization, YouTube will also be teaming up with a variety of organizations that are dedicated to digital literacy education, particularly with MediaWise, which aims to help a million United States teens discern legitimate sources from fake news. 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.

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Company executives announced the effort at YouTube's NY offices. Users can click the link to the full article to get more details on the story, and YouTube will remind users that the story may be "still developing" before it displays the video search results.

In addition, YouTube presented a series of new features on its website to help users avoid hoaxes. "So far, local news has seen strong engagement, and we will be expanding it to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City", the YouTube execs wrote.

Along with the Google News Initiative and Google.org, we have teamed up with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a USA -based initiative created to equip 1 million teens with digital literacy skills.

The service, owned by Google, will heavily promote videos from vetted news sources on the site's Top News and Breaking News sections "to make it easier to find quality news", and create new features - initially only in the U.S. - to help distribute local news. 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.

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