YouTube spends $25 million to fight fake news

YouTube to highlight stories from reputable news sources when news breaks

YouTube removed the clip within a few hours, citing violation of its policy on harassment and bullying.

"We will provide funding across approximately 20 global markets to support news organisations in building sustainable video operations", the blog post added.

While the notion of promoting legitimate news sources over fake news and disinformation is a noble one, there is still a great deal of debate over which side of the divide certain publications would land on - particularly where citizen's political leanings dictate the news sources they trust. The grants will let new orgs build out video capabilities, train staff on video best practices, and enhance production facilities.

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

At such times, YouTube will begin showing users short text previews of news stories in video search results, as well as warnings that the stories can change.

Other topics that are targets of misinformation peddlers - like the moon landing, for instance - will see an increase in related links to sources like Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannia.

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Company executives announced the effort at YouTube's NY offices.

It's also testing features that will surface local news on the YouTube television app. "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. Early members of the working group include Vox Media, Jovem Pan, and India Today. "Authoritativeness is essential to viewers, especially during fast-moving, breaking news events, so we've been investing in new product features ..."

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.

This is part of Google's broad response to the rise of fake news across the globe in recent years.

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". 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.

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