YouTube management plans to spend millions of dollars cleaning the video platform from inaccurate information and various fake stuff.
The video hosting representatives honestly admit that they are not able to completely get rid of the huge volume of inaccurate news and other publications, therefore part of the allocated budget will go to educational work and training users to independently determine the truth from disinformation.
Fight against fakes
A figure of $ 25 million was announced, which will be used to filter published content. Part of the funding will be spent on the creation of a professional working group of experts and staff from news organizations. Their job will be to improve the quality of published news. In addition, the video hosting plans to attract famous bloggers to participate in the project, who will distribute informational videos on the topic of recognizing stuffing and false information.
In the near future, YouTube search results will include links to news articles along with their source. Also, some videos will be supplemented with text fragments from Wikipedia, so that users can form the most objective opinion about this or that publication.
Not so long ago, the world's most popular hosting has become the subject of discontent and criticism from news companies. The reason was the promotion to the top of the videos, the content of which raised significant doubts about the veracity. One example is videos with various "worldwide conspiracy theories" and other conspiracy theories. As a rule, such content is the result of high-profile events - natural disasters, catastrophes, terrorist attacks, etc.
The resource management does not deny that the hosting on its own cannot cope with the huge flow of content, since fresh videos appear every second. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of the site announced innovations, thanks to which the user will determine the reliability of the information posted by himself using neutral sources - encyclopedias, major news portals.
For the whole world for the truth
Another popular resource, WhatsApp, is not far behind YouTube. Although its policy of combating false stuffing is more than understandable. A high-profile recent scandal that ended tragically is associated with the messenger. In India, several people have been lynched on charges of kidnapping due to false rumors circulated on WhatsApp.
The Indian government began to demand that the leadership of the messenger take adequate decisive action to avoid further tragic consequences of such stuffing. WhatsApp, in cooperation with the Indian authorities, began to conduct information work. In the local media outlets have appeared educational reminders with rules that help to distinguish authentic content from fake.
So, WhatsApp recommends to double-check the information read, which does not seem to be true, to analyze several news sources. The messenger also advises to be attentive to news, the content of which provokes a strong emotional response, anger, aggression, and also not to forward publications with obviously questionable content to other users.
Thus, the main activity of WhatsApp and YouTube in the fight against false news so far is related to the dissemination of educational information among users, who will have to decide for themselves what is worth believing and what is not.
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