YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

YouTube will fight fake news and conspiracy theorists by linking to reputable articles

Company executives announced the effort at YouTube's NY offices.

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

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".

Last year, Google Search had to address "fake news" appearing in "Featured Snippets" on the web and being offered as answers via Assistant and Google Home. The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities. As a result, over the next few weeks YouTube users in the USA will see short previews in YouTube search results with links to the full news article.

For YouTube's TV client, more users in the United States will start to see local news surfacing on their homepage, and this service will be "expanding to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City".

In addition, YouTube presented a series of new features on its website to help users avoid hoaxes.

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"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. "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.

Among other steps YouTube is taking: a new fact-checking box on certain videos about "well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing", the execs wrote.

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

The company on Monday announced that it will change how it responds when major news events occur and begin steering users towards news stories and video reports from "authoritative sources".

YouTube announced new measures today to stem the spread of conspiracy theory videos and fake news on its platform, including inserting context from trustworthy sources into search results about hot topics. 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.

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