YouTube Has Started Fact-checking Of Search Results

YouTube has resumes rolling out text prompts, known as “information panels,” that provide fact checks when users search certain terms or phrases.

The feature is currently being rolled out to a limited number of users in India, one country in particular where the spread of fake news has fatal consequences.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to build a better news experience on YouTube, we are expanding our information panels to bring fact checks from eligible publishers to YouTube,” said a YouTube spokesperson. “We are launching this feature in India and plan to roll this out in more countries as time goes on.”

The information panel rollout in India includes fact checks in both English and Hindi.

It’s important to note that YouTube is not blocking the video results or actual videos about hoaxes. It’s simply serving additional fact-checked information from publishing partners to its users.

The information panels displayed by YouTube are also just fact-checking search queries — not the content of the videos that show up in the search.

Fact checks will appear on terms based on the content available from YouTube’s partners regarding that particular search query.

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