The features that YouTube is working on are also meant to combat fake news that's become rampant on various online platforms in the recent years. The video-sharing service is reportedly experimenting on new ways to expand its news coverage effort on its platform. Company executives announced the effort at YouTube's NY offices.
Additionally, YouTube said it was creating a working group with news organisations and advisers from around the globe to "improve the news experience on YouTube and tackle emerging challenges".
YouTube is pouring $25 million into journalism on its platform in a push to support trustworthy news organizations and help them produce online videos.
The new feature is now available in 17 countries, and Mohan said that YouTube is looking to expand, as the company hopes to "double that number" in the coming months. This will offer training, video facilities, among other support. The platform has had a bit of a bad run recently: surfacing videos that accuse mass-shooting survivors of being crisis actors, hosting disturbing videos targeting children, encouraging radicalizing behaviors through its recommendation algorithm, frustrating content creators trying to figure out monetization on the platform, blindsiding Wikipedia by saying it would use it to provide context and debunking.
It is also a bet on the future role of video in journalism.
For YouTube's TV client, more users in the U.S. will start to see local news surfacing on their homepage, and this service will be "expanding to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City".
During the initial hours of major news events YouTube will now link to articles when users are searching videos of a specific story.
Not only that, but they also want to make it easier to find quality news. These features are already in 17 countries including the US, UK, France, Nigeria and Italy. In the coming months, Google plans to double the number of countries where these highlights are available.
YouTube has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to combat the scourge of fake news by allocating $25m to burnish its credentials as an authoritative news source.
For common conspiracy subjects _ what YouTube delicately calls "well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, " such as the moon landing and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing _ Google will add information from such third parties for users who search on these topics.