YouTube to invest 25 million in countering fake news

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In the publication The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the fight against fake news YouTube cost at least $ 25 million.

The decision comes ahead of the 2018 US midterm elections, a time when other social media sites are under scrutiny for potentially impacting political outcomes fueled by false information.

YouTube is running a "small and brief" experiment, involving 0.3% of users for a few weeks, however it's causing a bit of an uproar among the community of creators. As a result, over the next few weeks YouTube users in the US will see short previews in YouTube search results with links to the full news article.

According to YouTube executives, the goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users' feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences.

The new feature is now available in 17 countries, and Mohan said that YouTube is looking to expand, as the company hopes to "double that number" in the coming months.

YouTube will establish a working group with reputable news organisations to improve its news experience, including Vox Media and India Today.

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"This is along with a reminder that breaking news can change rapidly, " he noted.

Not long after that, YouTube will turn its attention at directing users towards video reports - again from "quality news sources".

As part of its efforts to dismiss factually-inaccurate information from its platform, YouTube also says that it has started including relevant information from Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica with videos about "well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing". 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.

"Authoritativeness is essential to viewers, especially during fast-moving, breaking news events, so we've been investing in new product features to prominently surface authoritative sources", the company said in a blog post.

From today (10 July), new Top News and Breaking News shelves will appear on the YouTube homepage in 17 countries including Ireland, the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and more. YouTube says that number will double in the coming months.

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