YouTube will add new tools to limit the spread of misinformation

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February 21, 2022, 4:45 AM GMT+0

The platform may go on to label videos and search results, in the form of disclaimers, to warn users of the paucity of high-quality information.  

In a recent blog post, YouTube's chief product officer, Neal Mohan discussed the company's plans to prevent the spread of disinformation. The company follows a framework of responsibility, removing “violative content”, elevating authoritative sources, and reducing the spread of problematic content.

To curb misinformation, YouTube plans to detect new information before it goes viral, using a mix of classifiers and keywords. YouTube will use additional languages and information from regional analysts to identify unclassified narratives.

The platform’s recommendation system has been modified to lower the consumption of videos that don't meet its standards to limit the sharing of misinformation. YouTube is expanding its team to include employees familiar with regional nuance and collaborating with specialists and NGOs worldwide.

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