YouTube to fight conspiracy theory videos by showing users Wikipedia links

YouTube will fight fake news and conspiracy theorists by linking to reputable articles

This includes earmarking $25 million in Google News Initiative funding to create a working group of news organizations and media experts that will advise YouTube on new features.

YouTube's role in promoting conspiracy theories has flared up in recent months.

Now, more than ever, the world is demanding access to news that they can trust.

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.

YouTube is investing $25m (£18.8m) in journalism on its platform, focusing on helping news organisations produce online videos and changing its site to better support trusted news providers. The managers said that shortly after a news event occurs, YouTube will provide a brief preview of related articles in YouTube's search results that will link to the full article.

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YouTube's new news format is due to be rolled out in coming weeks, according to post on the company's blog, signed by Neal Mohan, the company's chief product officer, and Robert Kyncl, chief business officer. As a result, over the next few weeks YouTube users in the US will see short previews in YouTube search results with links to the full news article. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki previously announced plans to roll out the feature. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the US and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.

Already available in 17 countries including the USA and UK, YouTube's Top News and Breaking News will display videos from known news sources in relevant search results for the former, and as a section on the home page in regards to the latter.

YouTube has already been trying to address this problem with a prominent Top News and Breaking News section that directs users to videos from major publications.

Rather than recommending a video first, the algorithm will point to a text-based story surfaced by Google News. The Top News and Breaking News features are already available in 17 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria.

As part of the partnership with MediaWise, six YouTube creators - including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen and Mark Watson - will be creating videos meant to raise awareness about digital literacy and help educate teens about identifying legit sources of news and information.

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