Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

YouTube to Fund Handpicked 'Authoritative News Sources' and Push Them on Users

YouTube to Fund Handpicked 'Authoritative News Sources' and Push Them on Users

Last year, Google Search had to address "fake news" appearing in "Featured Snippets" on the web and being offered as answers via Assistant and Google Home.

That sum includes funding to help news organizations around the world build 'sustainable video operations, ' such as by training staff and improving production facilities.

Finally, Google says that it's going to start showing info cards from sources like Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica alongside "a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation". 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.

Now YouTube says it's taking action against this kind of exploitation of breaking news situations.

Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday announced a few improvements it intends to make to the news discovery and viewing experience.

Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said the company isn't just compiling a simple list of trusted news outlets, noted that the definition of authoritative is "fluid" and then added the caveat that it won't simply boil down to sources that are popular on YouTube. 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". These tests are being run in 25 markets across the USA and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

YouTube also said it's committed to hiring more people who will directly work with news organizations, and it's convening a working group of representatives from news organizations to help surface issues and develop features (Vox Media, Brazil's Jovem Pan, and India Today are cited as members of the group).

The first partners in the program will be USA -based Vox Media, Jovem Pan of Brazil and India Today.

After a breaking news event, it takes time to verify, produce and publish high-quality videos.

As part of YouTube's recent initiative, the company pledged $25 million to support journalism expertise and publishers on the platform. These two new features are now available in 17 countries including the USA, U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, and more.

YouTube's app and desktop client have begun implementing some new features in certain countries, with more expected to roll out over the coming months to a larger pool of regions.

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