12 Jul '18, 3am

YouTube aims to fight fake news with links to the real thing

YouTube has unveiled a move to counter fake news by setting up working groups with media organisations and committing US$25 million (S$34 million) to invest in expertise, innovation and support for news publishers. YouTube users in the US will now see information from third parties, including Wikipedia, alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics often subject to misinformation, said the video streaming giant at a media event in New York on Monday. This way, if a person convinced of his or her own conspiracy theory - say that the 1969 moon landing was faked - would, in searching for sources to confirm their own bias, see information from authoritative sources countering or balancing their theory. YouTube did not say when this feature would be rolled out globally. Its executives, in announcing the move on Monday, called it a "fast...

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