YoiTube will now alert you when you searching for something that could potentially be a hoax.
The firm will now display fact checks when you search for a term that indicates you’re looking for content related to fake news (in the original, non-Trumpian meaning of the word)
“As part of our ongoing efforts to build a better news experience on YouTube, we are expanding our information panels to bring fact checks from eligible publishers to YouTube,” a YouTube spokesperson told Mashable. “We are launching this feature in India and plan to roll this out in more countries as time goes on.”
YouTube and other social media have been used as platforms to kickstart hoaxes. Firms have grappled with where to strike a balance between unfettered free speech, and protecting the vulnerable against bad faith actors.
In this case, Google will still allow users to watch hoax videos that don’t explicitly violate its terms — it’ll just tell users that they are hoaxes upfront and hope for the best.