Yesterday, the largest video streaming App, YouTube announced that it has spent $25 million to curb fake news on its platform. Previously Google spent $300 million as a part of its initiative to fight fake news. YouTube Fake News Scandal is not new, and after facing backlash company is trying to rebuild its position.
YouTube Fake News Scandal
YouTube will showcase preview and links on the news articles and will also share their sources in the search results. It will also give a reminder that these facts and details will change in developing stories. This initiative will start on Monday and will bring major relief to people. Some videos will also include text from outside reliable sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica. In this way, users will be able to easily analyse and will reach to a conclusion.
While telling about this initiative, YouTube said that:
“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 will also be taking help from some of the platforms popular creators to educate consumers, especially kids about fake news.
It more than a year that YouTube is facing backlash for issuing hateful and fake videos on its site. A few months back YouTube, deleted 150,000 videos that were arousing sexual feelings among children.
YouTube kids app was also reported to spread violent videos. On hearing this company created new guidelines to protect kids from such content.
The Google-owned company, YouTube also made it easier for people to find “Top News” and “Breaking News” by introducing a new feature. It’s also testing features that will surface local news on the YouTube television app.