YouTube to promote 'authorized' virus content on the home page

WASHINGTON: Youtube It has unveiled a new effort to stop the spread of misinformation with a news shelf on its home page that promotes authoritative content.

The move is the latest in technology platforms to curb the spread of rumors and hoaxes about the pandemic, and Facebook announced similar action this week.

We want everyone to have access to authorized content during this trial period, which is why we're launching a news shelf on our home page in 16 countries, the Google-owned video sharing service said in a statement on Twitter on Thursday by the night.

We will also expand to more countries.

Youtube earlier this week joined other large US internet platforms in a joint effort to root out misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes amid an unprecedented global response to the pandemic, as well as increasing claims that the virus itself is a hoax.

Facebook said Wednesday it would make a similar move to put authoritative information on top of user feeds.

The Facebook Information Center was created in collaboration with health organizations and was implemented in the USA. USA And Europe, with plans to expand it to other places.

Our goal is to put authoritative information in front of everyone who uses our services, said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

This week, Twitter expanded its security rules to remove tweets that could put more people at risk.

Twitter's security team said it would ban content that increases the chance that someone will contract or transmit the virus, including denying expert guidance or using false or ineffective treatments.