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YouTube Tests a Tool to Verify Data

YouTube wants to get rid of content that propagates misinformation and that is questionable about its veracity.

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YouTube wants to get rid of content that propagates misinformation and that is questionable about its veracity. For this reason they are testing a “fact-checking” function (a term by which data verification is known) that will appear in videos that deal with topics that are prone to misinformation; vaccines, historical facts, news, etc…

“Sensitive topics searched on YouTube will show a pop-up window with verified data by media associated with the platform.”

The tool will work as a pop up that will appear with certain search results on different topics, and will show additional information verified by companies associated with YouTube. That is to say, the tool will appear in the pages of search results of sensitive thermal baths and not in individual videos that contain facts of doubtful veracity, which will continue to be shown.

The tool is being tested in India and YouTube plans to launch it globally in the future. In the image, in the search results on the right, you can see the pop up showing verified information about a false attack in the recent crisis between India and Pakistan.

Fake news in relation to current events can greatly influence the spread of tensions and violence, as was the case recently with the genocide in Myanmar, in which, sadly, Facebook played an important role in spreading false information.

Other subjects likely to be the target of false information are those related to medical issues. Like the recent case of anti vaccines. In fact, in the image on the left you can see how the pop up shows verified information about a supposed virus in Paracetamol.

There is still no data on the effectiveness of the tool in India or the exact date of its implementation in other countries, but initiatives like this can be key when it comes to cleaning the information shared on the Internet.

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