YouTube launches $25m crackdown on 'fake news' videos

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

YouTube is fighting fake news with $25M to promote journalism and more context in search results

In February, for example, a YouTube video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube's No. 1 trending video.

YouTube will also be enlisting the help of some of the platform's popular creators to educate consumers - specifically kids - about fake news. We " re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks", added Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer. The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities.

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

Titled "Developing news" it will appear immediately under the search field, above the list of video results.

These cards will display information from third-parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica, about certain historical and scientific topics that have been subject to misinformation and conspiracy theories-think events like the Moon landing or the Oklahoma City bombing.

For YouTube's TV client, more users in the U.S. 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".

Beginning in the coming weeks, when YouTube users in the U.S. search for videos on breaking news, they will see short excerpts of the news as well as the links to different media. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the USA and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

This is part of Google's broad response to the rise of fake news across the globe in recent years.

The "Top News" and "Breaking News" features have been launched in 17 countries, including in India. YouTube will also work with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education to support MediaWise to help teens develop media literacy skills.

Other new features include ones that will surface local news in the YouTube app for TV screens across 25 American media markets and the addition of Top News and Breaking News shelves (the row of videos users see at the top of their screens) that will highlight videos from news organizations on YouTube's homepage. These two new features are now available in 17 countries including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and more.

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