Social media platform YouTube is all set to combat fake news, as it has committed to spend $25 million in an effort to fight it.
On Monday, the video streaming platform YouTube announced via its blog post that it will spend $25 million for fighting fake news on it, as a part of the $300 million Google News Initiative launched back in March.
Along with the reminder that facts and details can change in developing stories, YouTube will expose to view previews and links to news articles and their sources in its search.
Now videos will also include external sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica that are authentic to make it unchallenging for viewers to reach their own deductions.
“We know there is a lot of work to do, but we’re eager to provide a better experience to users who come to YouTube every day to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources,” YouTube said on its official blog.
Two new features introduced by the firm named ‘Top news’ and ‘Breaking news’ will highlight videos from news organizations, making it easier for people to find accurate news. With these features already present in 17 countries including the US, UK, France, Nigeria and Italy, YouTube claims that it will double the number of countries that will be access the feature soon.
Back when YouTube Kids app reportedly showed violent videos, the company created new policies to safeguard kids from the disturbing content. The company deleted 150,000 videos in November that attracted inappropriate comments aimed at children.