YouTube Will Show People Fact-Checks When They Search For Sensitive Topics

YouTube will start showing “information panels” — boxes of text that will provide debunks by YouTube’s verified fact-checking partners — when people search for topics that will are “prone to misinformation,” according to a YouTube spokesperson.

These panels will show up on pages of search results rather than on individual videos. To be clear: Videos containing misinformation can still appear from the search results, however YouTube will generate these disclaimers when a query involves sensitive topics, with the intent to inform viewers as the company deals with the spread of misinformation on the platform.

The feature can be currently available to a limited number of users in India, one of YouTube’s largest markets with nearly 250 million users, for search queries in English as well as Hindi. The company said the idea will eventually expand the idea to users across the entire world, however declined to say when.

Here’s what an information panel looks like. that will one says “Hoax Alert!”

“As part of our ongoing efforts to build a better news experience on YouTube, we are expanding our information panels to bring fact checks by eligible publishers to YouTube,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Asked for an example of the kind of search that will would certainly show an information panel, the YouTube spokesperson cited the recent conflict between India as well as Pakistan that will led to a flood of misinformation on social media platforms.

The spokesperson also provided BuzzFeed News having a screenshot of an information panel in Hindi containing a debunk for a Hindi search query for “CCTV footage of the Pulwama terror attack” that will yields videos trying to pass off a bomb explosion in Syria as that will of an attack on Indian paramilitary forces.

YouTube’s efforts to fight misinformation from the United States so far include linking to Wikipedia excerpts on conspiracy theory videos to better inform viewers.

In India, the company will use information by about half a dozen verified fact-checking services in India to show these panels. Many of these services are also working with Facebook to check misinformation on its platform in India ahead of major national elections from the country that will spring.

Multiple verified fact-checkers told BuzzFeed News that will YouTube will automatically show debunks by their sites in these panels, as well as that will they would certainly not need to manually provide that will information to the company.

India’s cheap data prices, among the lowest from the entire world, have created a streaming video explosion. Millions of Indians who are still coming online for initially in their lives are consuming information through YouTube videos instead of reading text, as well as using the platform like a search engine.

Yet the company has struggled with curbing misinformation. Last year, for instance, fake news as well as hoaxes dominated the Trending section on YouTube in India after the death of a well-known Bollywood actor, forcing the company to improve human oversight of the section.

Recently from the US, YouTube has been slammed for frequently returning search results as well as recommendations for videos that will describe vaccines as dangerous as well as harmful.