YouTube announces new features to improve its news experience

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday announced a few improvements it intends to make to the news discovery and viewing experience. "That's why our Breaking News shelf highlights videos from news organizations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage". 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.

YouTube is investing $25m (£18.8m) in journalism on its platform, focusing on helping news organisations produce online videos and changing its site to better support trusted news providers. The money will also be used on expanding the YouTube team that works with news publishers.

Among other steps YouTube is taking: a new fact-checking box on certain videos about "well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing", the execs wrote.

In the coming weeks, Google will begin showing snippets of news articles in the search results for breaking news events, complete with a link to the full article.

It's harder to produce accurate and informative videos in the same time frame, so something Mohan called "a new information panel" will appear at the top of search results around developing news stories.

In addition, YouTube presented a series of new features on its website to help users avoid hoaxes.

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

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

That includes videos related to news events, which is why Google has announced an effort to help users find quality, authoritative videos on news.

The YouTube effort comes as Google and Facebook - companies that drew heavy criticism following the 2016 USA election for failing to prevent the propagation of false news - have been taking a series of steps to promote verifiable journalism.

Already available in 17 countries including the United States and UK, YouTube's Top News and Breaking News will display videos from known news sources in relevant search results for the former, and as a section on the home page in regards to the latter. The Top News and Breaking News features are already available in 17 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria. Over the coming months, that number will double.

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