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Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday announced a few improvements it intends to make to the news discovery and viewing experience.

Announced in the latest entry of Google's YouTube blog, the video streaming platform will engage in a host of new initiatives, and introduce several new features, that aim to promote and fund legitimate journalism and news sources.

YouTube also promises to provide grants to news organizations, on an application basis, "across approximately 20 global markets to support news organizations in building sustainable video operations".

Last year, Google Search had to address "fake news" appearing in "Featured Snippets" on the web and being offered as answers via Assistant and Google Home.

This will include short previews of news articles in YouTube search results on key breaking stories.

Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said the company isn't just compiling a simple list of trusted news outlets, noted that the definition of authoritative is "fluid" and then added the caveat that it won't simply boil down to sources that are popular on YouTube.

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Among other steps YouTube is taking: a new fact-checking box on certain videos about "well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing", the execs wrote. "So far, local news has seen strong engagement, and we will be expanding it to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City", the YouTube execs wrote.

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.

Along with the Google News Initiative and Google.org, we have teamed up with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a USA -based initiative created to equip 1 million teens with digital literacy skills. Early members of the working group include Vox Media, Jovem Pan, and India Today.

He added that 10,000 human reviewers at Google - so-called search quality raters who monitor search results around the world - are helping determine what will count as authoritative sources and news stories. These sections now appear in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and Nigeria, and Google aims to double that number in the coming months.

"The player, which was rolled out in Europe in 2015, is now being used by over 100 publishers in 25 countries, " YouTube said.


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