YouTube will introduce a new verified crown video on its home page for anyone trying to find authoritative news about the new corona story,media outlet The Verge reported. Extracting information from lists uploaded to YouTube by authoritative news outlets and local health authorities is aimed at providing people with a more reliable source of information than regular videos on the topic uploaded by random users.
According to YouTube, videos are generated by algorithms, with hundreds of different signals used to help select videos. This includes the relevance to the new coronavirus, the up-to-date nature of the video, and the region where the viewer is located. Like other organizations, YouTube is grappling with false information about an unprecedented global health crisis. Conspiracy theory videos falsely claiming the new coronavirus is 5G radiation have been uploaded to the platform since the outbreak broke out in Wuhan at the end of 2019. New coronaviruses have spread, and news about the pandemic is growing.
Other social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and TikTok, have built their own ways to eliminate false information and raise authority. Some U.S. tech giants say they have formed a team to combat false information and fraud linked to the new virus. The group includes Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter and YouTube.
YouTube has used this method in the past to promote videos that viewers can trust, including in major world news events. There is also a breaking news column on the home page that shows the voices of the authorities. YouTube’s COVID-19 section will be available in 16 countries starting this week, including the US, UK, Brazil, India, Germany, France, Italy and Japan. The company will expand to more countries in the coming weeks.