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YouTube moves to crackdown on fake news

YouTube fight on fake news

By George Aine

Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday announced a new commitment of 20 million dollars to produce authoritative news to counter false online information spreading on its platform, especially at the time of breaking-news events.

According to YouTube, the funding is part of the Google News Initiative launched in March to “help journalism thrive in the digital age’’.

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This was intended to combat fake news on the platforms of the world’s largest video-sharing network and give publishers more opportunities to make money.

“YouTube is expanding its Player for Publishers, a solution that allows publishers and news organisations to embed YouTube’s video player on their own websites and mobile apps.

“The player, which was rolled out in Europe in 2015, is now being used by over 100 publishers in 25 countries,’’ YouTube said.

Neal Mohan, chief product officer at YouTube, said: “The company is establishing a working group with global news organizations, including Vox Media, Jovem Pan and India Today, to improve news production on the platform.’’

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