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YouTube to invest $25 million in countering fake news

In the coming weeks, YouTube videos will add short excerpts from the news and the links to different media. 

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YouTube announced Monday that it will invest 25 million dollars to fight against fake news, especially for the urgent coverage of breaking news, the company reported on its official blog.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, said that this investment will be part of the Google News Initiative (GNI), first introduced in March by the tech giant to help the media and to deal with fake news.

In addition, YouTube presented on its blog a series of new features on its website to help users avoid hoaxes.

Beginning in the coming weeks, when YouTube users in the United States search for videos on breaking news, they will see short excerpts of the news as well as the links to different media.

"Today, our Top News and Breaking News features are launched in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and more. We will double that number in the coming months.", wrote YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan and YouTube's chief business officer, Robert Kyncl.

In addition, YouTube will provide links to Wikipedia or the Encyclopedia Britannica with controversial videos or conspiratorial issues, such as the Moon landing.

"We remain committed to working with the journalism community to build a more sustainable video ecosystem for news organizations," said Mohan and Kyncl in the blog.

The two admitted that "there is a lot of work to do," but underlined that they will try 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."

 

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