YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support…

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

In the coming weeks, Google will begin showing snippets of news articles in the search results for breaking news events, complete with a link to the full article.

Within days of the Las Vegas shooting in October 2017, for instance, search results on the site promised videos suggesting that law enforcement had deceived the public, and that the shooting was a "false flag" attack staged by the government to bring in gun control. The idea is to surround conspiracy-laden videos with accurate information. YouTube said it is working with Google News Initiative to support journalists and publishers.

Those officials, however, offered only vague descriptions of which sources YouTube will consider authoritative.

"Provided on an application basis to news organisations of all types, these grants will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimised for online video", said chief product officer Neal Mohan and chief business officer Robert Kyncl of Google.

Not only that, but they also want to make it easier to find quality news. This way, users will be able to get news updates from media outlets that are covering local events.

This is part of Google's broad response to the rise of fake news across the globe in recent years. For this, it has earmarked Dollars 25 million to create a group of experts that will advise on new features, TechCrunch reported. YouTube said that it will provide "funding across approximately 20 global markets to support news organizations in building sustainable video operations". The money would not fund video creation.

Google is also rolling out a feature that displays source information from the likes of Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica in a bid to help users make their own judgments. While many individuals are just looking for the news, these misleading videos leave many misinformed and confused. The masked performer was a contestant on Thailand's aptly-named singing competition show "The Mask Singer".

YouTube has already been trying to address this problem with a prominent Top News and Breaking News section that directs users to videos from major publications.

A trickier proposition remains the definition of what constitutes an "authoritative" source with YouTube asserting that it will employ a variety of metrics including web rankings and citations to populate a fluid list of providers.

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