New feature on YouTube can fact-check fake-news conspiracy videos

New feature on YouTube can fact-check fake-news conspiracy videos

A new feature coming to YouTube will allow users to fact-check videos on questionable topics.

 An Information box will now pop-up to give users information regarding the search terms they're looking up. 

This is a move to combat the slurry of fake news and conspiracy videos popping up on the platform. However, users will only see the disclaimer in search results, not the actual videos themselves.

“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 said, speaking to CNBC News.

Videos that contain misinformation will still appear in search results on YouTube, because the platform won’t be checking every video manually.

YouTube also says that it won’t be removing videos, even if they’re pointed out to contain false information. The YouTube spokesperson told CNBC that it’s ultimate goal is to provide context to users and still allow them to make their own decisions.

The feature is currently only available to users located in India, and operates in English and Hindi. The feature is expected to be implemented in other regions throughout the rest of 2019.

Staff Writer