YouTube expands fact-check feature to U.S. video searches during COVID-19 pandemic

YouTube expands fact-check feature to U.S. video searches during COVID-19 pandemic

YouTube, Alphabet Inc’s Google video service, said on Tuesday that it would show text and links from third-party fact checkers to American viewers, as part of its efforts to curb misinformation on the site during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information panels, launched last year in Brazil and India, highlight fact-checked third-party articles above search results for specific topics such as “covid and ibuprofen”.

Social media sites, including Facebook, are under pressure to fight disinformation about the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, from false healings to conspiracy theories. YouTube said in a blog post that more than a dozen US publishers are participating in its fact-checking network.

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