In order to tackle fake news and false information, YouTube is gearing up to roll out a new feature that will give users a fact-check before watching sensitive videos.
As of now, this feature is currently available in India to a selective number of people and will eventually be rolled out globally. However, YouTube has not given a certain time.
When a user searches for a particular search, let’s say ‘virus in paracetamol’, an information panel will drop down in which will provide debunks from YouTube’s verified fact-checking partners.
This will help in monitoring and cutting down on the spreading of false news. However, videos on YouTube that may contain misinformation will still appear in one’s search results.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to build a better news experience on YouTube, we are expanding our information panels to bring fact checks from eligible publishers to YouTube,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
Reportedly, the spokesperson also provided a screenshot of an information panel in Hindi containing a debunk for a Hindi search query for “CCTV footage of the Pulwama terror attack”.
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