Fact Check Feature in YouTube to Tackle Fake News
A new information panel that will appear when users search for controversial topics on YouTube, naming it fact check. YouTube is working on adding information panels that would appear when users search for contentious topics that can be manipulated into alternative facts or hoaxes. From the looks of it, the panel would show up below the search bar, with information provided by YouTube’s verified fact-checking partners. The video platform has started rolling out text prompts, known as “information panels,” that provide fact checks when users search certain terms or phrases.
“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,” a spokesperson from YouTube told Engadget. “We are launching this feature in India and plan to roll this out in more countries as time goes on.”
The fact check feature will surface in search results as a sort of preemptive attack on any video spreading misinformation. The feature is currently being rolled out to a limited number of users in India. The panels will flag incorrect information and provide corrections from the site’s fact-checkers. At the end of the panel, you’ll see whether the fact-checker has deemed the information true or false, in all caps even. While the information panel does show up below the search bar, related videos will still appear in the search results.
According to The Times Of India, YouTube is partnering with third-party publishers such as BOOM, Quint, Factly, AFP and Jagran among others to flag false information to help people distinguish between what’s fact and what’s untrue.
This fact check feature is available in both English and Hindi. However, YouTube is not blocking the video results or actual videos about hoaxes. It’s simply serving additional fact-checked information from publishing partners to its users. YouTube has implemented a number of changes in recent years in an attempt to combat videos that perpetuate false information.