Misinformation appears to be an epidemic in its own right that only adds more fuel to the Coronavirus fire. A good portion of it comes from video bloggers, and YouTube is determined to fight it.
The Google-owned video platform made an official announcement on April 28th, saying that it will expand its fact check information panels — which was launched in Brazil and India in 2019 — to the United States.
“Our fact check information panels provide the fresh context in these situations by highlighting relevant, third-party fact-checked articles above search results for relevant queries so that our viewers can make their own informed decision about claims made in the news,” reads the statement published in the YouTube blog.
The fact check articles, sourced from the U.S. publishers such as FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and The Washington Post Fact Checker will appear next to the certain video search results, says Reuters.
Facts provided by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or local health authorities will also show up in search results.
The YouTube algorithm will respond to the specific search requests such as “is COVID-19 a bioweapon” or “Coronavirus and ibuprofen”.