YouTube to fight conspiracy theory videos by showing users Wikipedia links

Google wants you to turn to You Tube for breaking news

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

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.

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

"YouTube pledges to make authoritative sources more readily accessible because it says authoritativeness is essential to viewers, especially during fast-moving, breaking news events".

That sum includes funding to help news organizations around the world build 'sustainable video operations, ' such as by training staff and improving production facilities. Search results will also include linked previews of news articles, since journalists usually write about breaking news first before producing more labor-intensive videos, and reminders that information about developing events can change quickly. 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".

YouTube's new news format is due to be rolled out in coming weeks, according to post on the company's blog, signed by Neal Mohan, the company's chief product officer, and Robert Kyncl, chief business officer. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the USA and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

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In addition, YouTube, the Google News Initiative and Google.org, are teaming with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a USA -based initiative created to equip 1 million teens with digital-literacy skills.

On another front, YouTube said it has established a working group with news organizations and experts to help the video site develop new product features and improve the news experience on YouTube.

The service, owned by Google, will heavily promote videos from vetted news sources on the site's Top News and Breaking News sections "to make it easier to find quality news", and create new features - initially only in the U.S. - to help distribute local news.

YouTube announced new measures today to stem the spread of conspiracy theory videos and fake news on its platform, including inserting context from trustworthy sources into search results about hot topics.

The "Top News" and "Breaking News" features have been launched in 17 countries, including in India. In the coming months, Google plans to double the number of countries where these highlights are available.

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