YouTube Now Tells if COVID-19 Info is Correct or Not
Muhammad Mubeen Javed
Youtube is going to minimize the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform. A few weeks ago, YouTube initiated a crackdown against COVID-19 misinformation. Now, they are adding fact-checking panels to counter it.
When someone searches for a coronavirus related topic on YouTube, these panels will appear. An information box will appear on the feed. It will indicate whether the virus-related claim is true or not with a link explaining why.
“During fast-moving news cycles, these panels will highlight fact-checked articles above search results, so viewers can make their own informed decision about claims made in the news.”
These panels have been in use in some markets to address misinformation concerns relating to the pandemic.
This feature is backed by different US publishers including FactCheck.org, The Dispatch, PolitiFact, and The Washington Post Fact Checker. The panels will not appear for all news topics as it depends on what was searched for. And whether a supported article is available or not.
“As always, it will take some time for our systems to fully ramp up. Our systems will become more accurate, and over time, we’ll roll this feature out to more countries.”