Youtube Warms Up Against Fake News
Youtube is now introducing a kind of fact check
YouTube, the most popular online video website desires to take more action against fake news on its video platform. Similar to Facebook, Youtube is now introducing a kind of fact check.
For example, If someone is looking for a topic that is currently in the headlines and attracted by a lot of false information, then YouTube displays additional information in a special panel to prevent possible half-truths and misleading information from spreading.
The Youtube information panel is set to popping up when a user searches for a controversial topic known to circulate fake news. This will not stop anyone from seeing videos with Fake News, but it will allow them to get more information about what they are getting.
Take for another example, someone was looking for the topic "virus in Paracetamol" and then just received an indication that false reports are being spread. The person can also see that YouTube also provides sources that have checked the messages.
In some cases, such as conspiracy theories, a link to Wikipedia may also appear. So YouTube handles it similar to the way Facebook handles it; and probably also uses the same sources/service providers for its fact check.
At the present time, YouTube is not yet rolling out its new Fact Check internationally. Some users from India report that the feature is already armed for them. But it will only be a matter of time until users begin to use it worldwide.