World

YouTube to crack down on fake news, backing 'authoritative' sources

YouTube to crack down on fake news, backing 'authoritative' sources

But during breaking news events, for example, YouTube will insert text article links into user feeds in addition to videos, as a way to accommodate how long it can take to produce video content versus text articles.

YouTube has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to combat the scourge of fake news by allocating $25m to burnish its credentials as an authoritative news source.

Together with Google News, YouTube will also promote the dissemination of quality news video, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The company on Monday announced that it will change how it responds when major news events occur and begin steering users towards news stories and video reports from "authoritative sources". According to YouTube, $25 million will go to "innovation funding" grants for news organization, as well as for more support staff.

We will remind, the European Commission has turned to social media demanding to get rid of the fake news.

When a breaking news event happens, another new feature called "Breaking News" shelf will highlight videos from news organisations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage.

The challenge is deciding what constitutes authority when the public seems more divided than ever before on which news sources to trust or whether to trust the traditional news industry at all.




"So far, local news has seen strong engagement, and we will be expanding it to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City", the YouTube execs wrote.

The Breaking News feature is now available in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, India and Japan.

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

Youtube executives, announcing the move at an event for media in NY on Monday, called it a "fast follow" to the Google News Initiative announced in March, which similarly aims to boost the visibility of news from credible sources.

Additionally, Kyncl discussed YouTube's new "working group" for executives and representatives of news outlets to "help shape the future of news on YouTube". YouTube expects the number to double over the coming months.

The platform is also supporting MediaWise, a non-profit led by the Poynter Institute to help teens develop media and online awareness, and working with six YouTube Creators popular with young audiences, including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson "to bring awareness to digital literacy and help educate teens".


  • Kylie Jenner, 20, on her way to being the youngest self-made billionaire

    Kylie Jenner, 20, on her way to being the youngest self-made billionaire

    With her 21st birthday approaching and a new baby at home, Jenner is already looking out toward the future. The mag values her Kylie Cosmetics makeup company - of which she owns 100% of - at almost $800 million.
    Trump says tariffs to kick in against China

    Trump says tariffs to kick in against China

    This allows Washington to take unilateral action when it determines that a trading partner has engaged in unfair practices. Those tariffs will add $500 to $1,000 to the total cost of solar panel installation, according to the firm Energy Sage .
    Liverpool open talks over Stoke City star ahead of £13 million move

    Liverpool open talks over Stoke City star ahead of £13 million move

    The 26-year-old winger has a clause in his contract which means he can leave for around £13.5 million if a club pays up. Liverpool have been trying to reignite a deal despite a hands-off warning issued before the World Cup.
  • England have potential for much more, says proud Gareth Southgate

    England have potential for much more, says proud Gareth Southgate

    Football fans are getting into the matchday spirit by donning waistcoats in tribute to England manager Gareth Southgate . Meanwhile, Three Lions is set to score a UK No.1 this week, 22 years on from when it was originally released.
    Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

    Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

    Croatia looked a little vulnerable in the second half against Denmark and then conceded a set-piece against Russian Federation . Either way, they face their biggest test yet this World Cup and in the biggest game of their careers.
    Zsa Zsa dies weeks after being dubbed 'World's Ugliest Dog'

    Zsa Zsa dies weeks after being dubbed 'World's Ugliest Dog'

    The canine won the hearts of people with her slobbery tongue, squished-in face and sparkly pink collar. Despite her dog's appearance, Brainard proudly boasted, "She is so attractive in my eyes".
  • Beckham hits out at criticism aimed at England's Sterling

    Beckham hits out at criticism aimed at England's Sterling

    The flak Sterling receives doesn't bother him as much anymore, in his own words, the youngster focussing on his duties instead. When I was under Ron Greenwood at West Ham, he would say to turn defenders around. "He offers so much to the team".
    Simona Halep stunned by Hsieh Su-wei in Wimbledon third round

    Simona Halep stunned by Hsieh Su-wei in Wimbledon third round

    The world number 48 will face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova , a 6-2 6-2 victor over 15th seed Elise Mertens, in the fourth round. Karolina Pliskova [No.7] is the only top 10 seed left at SW19 with Serena Williams also still in the running.

    Compensation sought for Australians caught up in Facebook privacy breach

    ICO, which does not normally publish its findings, said it would give the public another update on its investigation in October. Facebook is facing a record £500,000 fine for twice breaching the Data Protection Act.
  • Dele Alli: looking for more against Croatia

    Dele Alli: looking for more against Croatia

    He has been as electric of a player as you'll find in this World Cup , having scored two goals in this tournament. We then settled better than them and I thought for the rest of the game, we were the better side and had chances.
    His last World Cup, says Dalic

    His last World Cup, says Dalic

    That hasn't been the case this year, and since England's 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, the song has surged in popularity. England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates victory after the FIFA World Cup , Quarter Final match at the Samara Stadium.
    Woolworths pulls packaged rice mix after Listeria scare

    Woolworths pulls packaged rice mix after Listeria scare

    The health department has been unable to determine if the patient had consumed any of the recalled frozen vegetable products. A food company with a factory in Lynn has recalled dozens of frozen vegetable products amid fears they may be contaminated.