New Feature: YouTube Fact Checker
YouTube will begin presenting its users in the U.K. a new feature of fact-checking panels on specific searches of particular content. The primary purpose is to confront the rising problem of the spread of misinformation in Europian countries. It will commence displaying links and information from a third-party source. The feature will clarify queries related to the truth of politics or the COVID-19 virus, topics like the 5G network and the vaccinations. It will also resolve long-existing conspiracies like those on anti-vaccination and concepts of flat Earth. The feature will be dependent on British and German organizations to deliver accurate information. It will solicit the help of BBC and Full Fact in the U.K.
Need For Introduction: YouTube Fact Checker
Function: YouTube Fact Checker
- ‘Information Panels’ that are region-specific, alert users when they use search terms that might be ‘prone to misinformation’.
- The service then informs the users, which is verified by a third-party fact-checker, of possible controversies within their search results through direct terms like ‘hoax alert’ and ‘fake’.
- The system will direct all misinformation to authoritative sources such as the Encyclopedia Britannica, the NHS or the World Health Organization.
- Such deceptive panels will start appearing over the coming days in the U.K. search results as a countermeasure.
Working: YouTube Fact Checker
- Fact check articles will appear once the users enter a non-vague search term. Such a situation will occur only when there is a pre-existing fact check article from an eligible publisher,
- Fact check panels would appear above relevant search results with the heading: ‘Independent fact check’. These panels will offer ‘more context’ and links to trustable information sources relating to the search.
- The information in the directed sources will contain fact checks from reputable organizations like BBC Reality Check, Full Fact, Ferret Fact Service and FactCheckNI. A snippet of the publisher’s fact check finding, information relating to the publication date as well as a link to the publisher’s article to learn more will accompany the fact check.
- If there exist fact checks from numerous publishers on the search, users can access all search results.
- In some instances, fact checks may not be available if a publisher has not uploaded the pre-existing article.
The increasing spread of false information using social media made it vital to devise methods to curtail such acts. The Financial Market, primarily, is a sector based on sentiment-analysis. Even the smallest distribution of any faux can severely hamper its working. As such, this step by YouTube will set the stage for a necessary change.
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