YouTube will begin promoting and paying for legitimate news

Postado Julho 11, 2018

YouTube's role in promoting conspiracy theories has flared up in recent months.

For example, YouTube search results prominently showed videos purporting to "prove" that mass shootings like the one that killed at least 59 in Las Vegas were fake, acted out by 'crisis actors'.

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". "That's why in the coming weeks in the USA 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. In an official blog post, YouTube outlined a few new features coming to its website and app that it hopes will give users more context about big and breaking new stories.

"We're looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", the online giant said.

The company is also testing ways to counter conspiracy videos with generally trusted sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki previously announced plans to roll out the feature.

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. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the US and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

This will include a working group with news organizations and "experts" around the world to help the site develop new product features.

That includes videos related to news events, which is why Google has announced an effort to help users find quality, authoritative videos on news.

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 USA - to help distribute local news.

The "Top News" and "Breaking News" features have been launched in 17 countries, including in India.

"The player, which was rolled out in Europe in 2015, is now being used by over 100 publishers in 25 countries, " YouTube said.

The YouTube effort comes as Google and Facebook - companies that drew heavy criticism following the 2016 United States election for failing to prevent the propagation of false news - have been taking a series of steps to promote verifiable journalism.