YouTube to add fact-check feature to search results in pushback against misinformation

YouTube to add fact-check feature to search results in pushback against misinformation

YouTubeis rolling out a new feature to fact-check content across its website as it looks to reduce the amount of fake news on its video-sharing service.

Current plans will see an “information panel” appear when users browse for videos around topics prone to conspiracies and misinformation.  The fact boxes will appear above videos and below their search topics.

The video-sharing service has seen a raft of fake news and conspiracy-related videos appear on its platform and is doubling-down on its efforts to clear YouTube of dubious content in a push to fight back against criticism. 

“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 company spokesperson told CBS News.

YouTube will not make individual checks on videos, and the information panels will not appear when users watch videos. Instead, they will appear in search results as the company no plans to remove videos, even if they are found to contain false information.

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