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YouTube to Invest $25mn in Countering Fake News

The "Top News" and "Breaking News" features have been launched in 17 countries, including in India

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Google-owned video-sharing platform YouTube has announced it will invest $25 million to fight fake news — especially for the urgent coverage of breaking news — on its platform for over 1.8 billion monthly active users.

The investment will be part of the Google News Initiative (GNI), first introduced in March by the tech giant, to help the media and to deal with fake news.

“We’re establishing a working group with news organisations and experts from around the world to help us develop new product features, improve the news experience on YouTube and tackle emerging challenges,” said Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer ay YouTube, in a blog post late on Monday.

“News organisations including Vox Media, Jovem Pan and India Today are early members of the working group. We’re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks,” added Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer.

Beginning in the coming weeks, when YouTube users in the US search for videos on breaking news, they will see short excerpts of the news as well as the links to different media.

In addition, YouTube will provide links to Wikipedia or the Encyclopedia Britannica with controversial videos or conspiratorial issues such as the Moon landing.

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“We remain committed to working with the journalism community to build a more sustainable video ecosystem for news organisations,” the post read.

To make it easier to find quality news, YouTube has launched “Top News” shelf that highlights videos from news sources in search results.

When a breaking news event happens, another new feature called “Breaking News” shelf will highlight videos from news organisations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage.

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The “Top News” and “Breaking News” features have been launched in 17 countries, including in India.

Mohan and Kyncl admitted that “there is a lot of work to do”, but underlined that they will try to “provide a better experience to users who come to YouTube every day to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources”.

“We will provide funding across approximately 20 global markets to support news organisations in building sustainable video operations,” the blog post added. (IANS)

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Billboard 200 Albums Chart to Include YouTube Streams: Report

Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube, called the changes a "very important moment in making the chart a more accurate representation of what people are listening to", according to the Billboard.com

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FILE - Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

Billboard has announced video and audio data from Google-owned YouTube, as well as visual plays from several music streaming services, will soon be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Apart from YouTube, officially licensed video content plays from the likes of Spotify, Apple, Tidal and Vevo will also be included in the album chart’s calculations starting January 3, 2020.

Video streams have counted toward many of Billboard’s song-specific charts since 2013, but have never been incorporated into the albums chart, The Verge had recently reported.

Traditionally, Billboard’s charts have been seen as a barometer of success within the music industry.

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FILE – Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

The inclusion of video data into the Billboard 200 albums chart arrives five years after audio streams were added, marking the chart’s shift from a measure of pure sales to a consumption model, said a report in Billboard.com.

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It is pertinent to note that the addition of video will also impact Billboard’s genre album consumption charts, such as Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, Latin among others.

Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube, called the changes a “very important moment in making the chart a more accurate representation of what people are listening to”, according to the Billboard.com.(IANS)