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YouTube to improve news content, invest $25M in new features

YouTube unveiled steps on Tuesday to improve its news content across its video sharing platform and support “quality journalism.” The Google-owned company said it will invest $25 million in product features in cooperation with news organizations, as well as funding for sustainable video operations across 20 global markets and supporting news publishers.

YouTube also announced it will tackle misinformation by “prominently surfacing authoritative sources” and providing short previews of news articles in search results alongside video content. It will also introduce third party articles, including Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica so users can “choose and make their own judgments about the information they consume along with context to inform their judgments.” In addition, in a move similar to Facebook‘s news feed shift, YouTube will make local news more easily accessible on its app in the United States.

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