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YouTube to fight fake news with links to real news and context

YouTube to fight fake news with links to real news and context

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

Mohan said YouTube's recommendation engine has been tweaked so that news-related searches will show results from more reliable outlets. The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities.

In addition, YouTube will provide links to Wikipedia or the Encyclopedia Britannica with controversial videos or conspiratorial issues such as the Moon landing.

"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.

YouTube said it would expand its support team for news publishers, and provide additional sources and context on breaking news.

The company announced in a blog post Monday that it plans to change how it works to "make authoritative sources readily accessible".

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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.

Rather than recommending a video first, the algorithm will point to a text-based story surfaced by Google News. In March, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki promised new features to make YouTube a more reliable source of information during a South by Southwest panel, stating that "this has been a year of fake news and misinformation and we have seen the importance of delivering information to our users accurately". "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.

Additionally, YouTube said it was creating a working group with news organizations and advisers from around the globe to "improve the news experience on YouTube and tackle emerging challenges".

"News organisations including Vox Media, Jovem Pan and India Today are early members of the working group".

He added that 10,000 human reviewers at Google - so-called search quality raters who monitor search results around the world - are helping determine what will count as authoritative sources and news stories. Currently, the Top News and Breaking News features are launched in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria.

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