YouTube launches information panel to debunk sensitive content


YouTube is rolling out a new feature, displaying information panels providing more insights on a video verified by YouTube’s fact-checking partners. Read more about YouTube Information Panels. 

The panels would be shown on the page of search results and not individual videos. Sensitive Topics are supposed to be dealt with carefully as misinformation on a sensitive topic may create a negative impact on society and the platform.

Videos holding misinformation would still appear on the Search Results but if it’s fact-checked by YouTube, it would show a disclaimer stating that the video contains misinformation.

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“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 stated to BuzzFeed News.

The feature is presently available in India to a limited number of users but will be eventually rolled out globally. The platform has partnered with numerous fact-checking services in India, several of which are also working with Facebook to monitor misinformation on the platform ahead of the major national elections in the country.

This is may prove to be a precise step for the platform, as video consumption in India has been intensified since the drop in data rates and the rise of smartphones and misinformation, especially in such situations should be curbed.