In a bid to safeguard users in the U.S. from misinformation in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, YouTube is poised to add information panels having information stemming from the network of fact-checkers to the searches.
The information features are said to reveal fact-checked and third-party articles and these links will appear above videos provided people search for specific keywords such as ibuprofen and COVID or false claims such as “COVID-19 is a bio-weapon.” The feature was introduced last year in India and Brazil.
YouTube has allegedly said that over dozen U.S. publishers are set to partake in the fact-checking network, such as FactCheck.org, the Washington Post Fact Checker and PolitiFact.
Social media behemoths, including Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc., are on the hot seats to curb the spread of misinformation pertaining to the coronavirus, spanning from conspiracy theories and false cures.
It is believed that that YouTube started using information panels in 2018 which surfaced links to sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica for topics perceived as an easy prey to information.
The American online video sharing platform is also linking to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization for searches and videos pertaining to COVID-19.
The company has allegedly said that it would take some time to rev up the system as they launch the fact-checking feature.
It is claimed that majority of the traffic emanate from “recommendation feature” which intrigues people to watch videos like what they have watched earlier. In January this year, YouTube was alleged to have started putting a clampdown on recommendations of borderline videos or content which could misinform users.
Leading social media companies have rung the alarm bell stating that their content moderation could face the brunt for counting on more automated software. Recently, Google claimed that it would lead to a spike in videos being falsely removed for policy violations.