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YouTube introduces new features to bring transparency and context for news content

15 April 2019, India:

YouTube has introduced new features to bring transparency and context for news content on YouTube in India.

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Now, authoritative sources will be readily available. The breaking News shelf highlights videos from authoritative news organizations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage.

YouTube has expanded it’s  information panels to bring fact checks from eligible publishers to YouTube in India in English and Hindi.

“This specific information panel aims to provide context on fresh topics that are prone to misinformation. The fact checks we surface rely on the open source Schema.org ClaimReview markup process. By following this process, any eligible publisher can contribute fact check articles that could show in search results on Google Search, Google News, and now, YouTube,” the company said in a blog post.

YouTube has also rolled out additional information panels in English and Hindi.

If a channel is owned by a news publisher that is funded by a government, an information panel will surface that indicates that the publisher is “funded in whole or in part” or a “public broadcast service”, with a link to the publisher’s Wikipedia page.

This information panel will be displayed on the watch page of all the videos on its channel.

The company has also introduced  a wide range of information panels on certain events, topics, and publishers alongside search results and videos.

(Source – YouTube)

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