According to an announcement by Google, the company is getting serious about combating fake news and promoting news sources on YouTube, and specifically, YouTube search. The company said it is “committing $25M to a YouTube-specific investment” to target and work on these challenges.
Not only that, Google is investing in both YouTube search results and its algorithm.
Google said that it wants to provide more sources and context on breaking news-related searches in YouTube. Because publishers take more time creating high-quality videos around breaking news topics, YouTube “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,” they said. A reminder will be placed by YouTube that breaking and developing news can change quite rapidly. This is to convey to the searcher the facts around the story, as covered, may change. This feature is rolling out in the US over the coming weeks in YouTube results.
Also, YouTube said that the company is expanding its Top News and Breaking News features to a total of 17 countries, including:
- South Africa
- and more
The number of countries will double in the coming months. The reason for this is that it’ll assist users in finding quality news and sources more efficiently and quickly in YouTube.
YouTube has launched a way for users to see information from third parties, such as Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia, “alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing,” Google said.
Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer and Robert Kyncl, chief business officer, added:
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 U.S.-based initiative designed to equip 1 million teens with digital literacy skills. Six incredible YouTube Creators, including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen, and Mark Watson, will be working with MediaWise to bring awareness to digital literacy and help educate teens.
We remain committed to working with the journalism community to build a more sustainable video ecosystem for news organizations. We know there is a lot of work to do, but we’re eager to provide a better experience to users who come to YouTube every day to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources.