BREAKING: YouTube Invests $25 Million in Countering Fake News
SAN BRUNO, CALIFORNIA — July 11, 2018
Video sharing platform YouTube has announced that it will invest $25 million to fight against fake news, especially for urgent coverage of breaking news.
YouTube, which is owned by Google, said on Monday that this investment will be part of the Google News Initiative (GNI), first introduced in March by the tech giant to help the media deal with fake news.
In addition, YouTube presented new features on its website to help users avoid hoaxes. Now, when YouTube users in the US search for videos on breaking news, they will see short excerpts as well as links to different media sources.
YouTube will provide the ability for technical tracking. It will automatically search for users who seem suspicious. The search will take place with the help of individual words or phrases that users entered into the YouTube search string.
In addition, YouTube will provide links to Wikipedia or the Encyclopedia Britannica on controversial videos or conspiratorial issues.
“We remain committed to working with the journalism community to build a more sustainable video ecosystem for news organizations,” said YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan and YouTube’s Chief Business Officer, Robert Kyncl.
YouTube representatives say they try to “provide a better experience for users who come to YouTube every day to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources”.