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Building a better news experience on YouTube, together

The work of trusted journalistic organizations is as critical as ever, especially when it comes to seeking information about current events online.

In March, the Google News Initiative (GNI) kicked off with the goal of helping journalism thrive in the digital age. Today, we’re announcing steps we’re taking with the GNI to support the future of news in online video, and product features we’ve been working on to improve the news experience on YouTube.

Supporting journalism with technology that allows news to thrive
We believe quality journalism requires sustainable revenue streams and that we have a responsibility to support innovation in products and funding for news.

For example, in 2015 European publishers came to us to ask about how they could scale their video efforts, especially because maintaining video delivery infrastructure is costly. Working alongside them we launched Player for Publishers, a solution that enables news organizations to use YouTube’s video player to give viewers a world-class video experience across their own websites and mobile apps. Player for Publishers reduces costs and offers improved monetization for news organizations.

Since then, we’ve expanded these efforts beyond Europe. Today, over 100 publishers in more than 25 countries use Player for Publishers.

As part of the launch of GNI in March, we announced funding to support the future of news. Today we are committing $ 25M to a YouTube-specific investment:

  • Expertise. We’re establishing a working group with news organizations and experts from around the world to help us develop new product features, improve the news experience on YouTube, and tackle emerging challenges. News organizations including Vox Media, Jovem Pan, and India Today are early members of the working group. We’re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks.
  • Innovation Funding. We will provide funding across approximately 20 global markets to support news organizations in building sustainable video operations. Provided on an application basis to news organizations of all types, these grants will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimized for online video.
  • Support. We’re significantly expanding our team focused on supporting news publishers. These specialists will be based around the world and support partners with training and best practices in formats, audience development, day-to-day platform operations, and sophisticated technical integrations.

News organizations interested in more information about these efforts can sign up here.

Making authoritative sources readily accessible
Authoritativeness is essential to viewers, especially during fast-moving, breaking news events, so we’ve been investing in new product features to prominently surface authoritative sources:

Providing more sources and context on breaking news
After a breaking news event, it takes time to verify, produce and publish high-quality videos. Journalists often write articles first to break the news rather than produce videos. That’s why in the coming weeks in the U.S. we will start providing a short preview of news articles in search results on YouTube that link to the full article during the initial hours of a major news event, along with a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change.


Expanding Top News and Breaking News
To make it easier to find quality news, our Top News shelf prominently highlights videos from news sources in search results (see the picture below on the left). And when a breaking news event happens, we want users to know about it. That’s why our Breaking News shelf highlights videos from news organizations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage (see the picture below on the right). Today, our Top News and Breaking News features are launched in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and more. We will double that number in the coming months.

Showcasing more local news, starting with the U.S.
Many people want, value, and trust local news. And when a major event happens, local reporters are often the first on site to capture events as they unfold. We’ve begun testing features that surface local news in the YouTube app for TV screens across 25 media markets around the United States, making it easy to access local news in the living room–our fastest growing screen. So far, local news has seen strong engagement, and we will be expanding it to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City.

Providing context to help people make their own decisions
We also believe users should be able to choose and make their own judgments about the information they consume along with context to inform their judgments. That’s why we’re rolling out a few new features that we will continue to build upon:

Giving users more sources of information on topical searches and videos
Starting today, users will begin seeing information from third parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica, alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Investing in digital literacy education
Along with the Google News Initiative and Google.org, we have teamed up with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a U.S.-based initiative designed to equip 1 million teens with digital literacy skills. Six incredible YouTube Creators, including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen, and Mark Watson, will be working with MediaWise to bring awareness to digital literacy and help educate teens.

We remain committed to working with the journalism community to build a more sustainable video ecosystem for news organizations. We know there is a lot of work to do, but we’re eager to provide a better experience to users who come to YouTube every day to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources.

– Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer and Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer


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Fake news on WhatsApp is inciting lynchings in India

Fake news isn't just an American problem, or a political problem, or a Facebook problem or a Twitter problem. Yesterday, the Washington Post reports five people were killed in a lynching in India spurred by online rumors of child trafficking. The Tim…
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Update to Google News on the web starting to show up

At Google I/O 2018, one of the apps/services that Google mentioned as getting some significant attention is their Google News platform. The improvements mainly come in two different areas – increased use of AI to scour the web for content that may interest a user and a heavy revision to the interface to be consistent […]

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Twitter tries to explain how it fights breaking news hoaxes

During the minutes and hours after shots rang out at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, many people used Twitter just as they have after other high-profile events: to spread fake information and hoaxes. In response to reports about how bad its "fak…
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Greater transparency for users around news broadcasters

A big goal for us in 2018 is to provide greater transparency across the board to our community of creators, advertisers, and viewers. In one small step towards that commitment, today we will start rolling out notices below videos uploaded by news broadcasters that receive some level of government or public funding. Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help them better understand the sources of news content that they choose to watch on YouTube.

We’re rolling out this feature to viewers in the U.S. for now, and we don’t expect it to be perfect. Users and publishers can give us feedback through the “send feedback” form. We plan to improve and expand the feature over time.

The notice will appear below the video, but above the video’s title, and include a link to Wikipedia so viewers can learn more about the news broadcaster.

News is an important and growing vertical for us and we want to be sure to get it right, helping to grow news and support news publishers on YouTube in a responsible way. This work follows a series of changes we made throughout 2017 to better surface authoritative news content. In 2017, we launched a “Breaking News” shelf on the home page to prominently surface news after a major event and a “Top News” shelf in YouTube search results to highlight news from authoritative sources for news-related queries.

This notice on publishers receiving public or government funding, though still in its early stages, not only carries forward our work in this area through 2017, but represents one of many more steps we will take throughout 2018 to improve how we deliver news content on YouTube.

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Google announces new Bulletin hyperlocal citizen news platform

Google announced a new platform they are working to roll out soon that will provide a source for “hyperlocal” news stories. The platform is called Bulletin and will enable people to “put  spotlight on inspiring stories that aren’t being told.” Google has things constructed at present to drive the new platform via a smartphone app. […]

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Facebook’s ‘trusted’ news source survey is two simple questions

When Facebook said it would rank the trustworthiness of sources in your News Feed based on community feedback, it raised questions as to what that survey would look like. Well, we know now… and it's not terribly complicated. BuzzFeed has obtained…
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Fox News impartiality breaches could threaten Sky merger

As Fox waits to find out whether it will be allowed to complete its merger with broadcasting giant Sky, UK media regulator Ofcom today delivered a fresh blow to proceedings. The watchdog confirmed that two Fox News shows, hosted separately by Sean Ha…
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Facebook tries slipping more local politics into your News Feed

Facebook isn't shy about wanting to increase your involvement in politics, and that might soon include seeing posts from the politicians you don't follow. A spokesperson has confirmed to Recode that the social network is testing a feature that slips…
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Twitter is toying with a ‘fake news’ reporting feature

Twitter is working on a new tool to fight the spread of inaccurate, harmful and misleading articles online, according to The Washington Post. The company is apparently prototyping a feature that would allow users to flag tweets circulating false or i…
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Qatar blames current crisis on fake news inserted by hackers

This week a diplomatic crisis hit the Middle East as several countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Maldives) cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups. Now Qatar's foreign ministry has issu…
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HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

HTC has a new phone coming on May 16. It’s likely to be called the HTC U 11, and it’s apparently going to be very squeezable. Here’s everything we know about the HTC U 11, or HTC Ocean as it’s also known, so far.

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YouTube will fight fake news by offering workshops to teens

Google is already flagging fake news, but it knows that isn't always enough. People need to recognize what fake news is, too. To that end, its YouTube wing just launched an Internet Citizens program that will teach UK teens to spot fake news throug…
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Moto C: News and rumors

Lenovo-owned smartphone maker Motorola may be prepping a new budget smartphone called the Moto C. Its release date and price remain a mystery, but here’s everything we know so far.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 news and rumors

Xiaomi’s 2016 Mi 5 flagship smartphone was expected to debut at Mobile World Congress in February and the latest rumors suggest we might see the hotly anticipated device in April.

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Apple Watch 3: News and rumors

The Apple Watch Series 2 was released to some fanfare, but many are looking for more. In fact, the next Apple Watch could be the best yet. Here’s everything we know about the Apple Watch Series 3 so far.

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Google doubles down on the news part of its ‘News & Weather’ app

Folks looking for a quick look at day's forecast and stories have always been able to turn to Google's News and Weather app for an overview — but apparently, it didn't offer enough. According to Google News' Anand Paka, users routinely hit the botto…
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Google Pixel 2 and 2B news and rumors

It hasn’t been that long since the Google Pixel and Pixel XL’s release, but we’re already hearing rumors and news about the 2017 model that’s expected to launch in the fall. Here’s what you need to know.

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Apple iPhone 8 rumors and news

We’ve already heard plenty of rumors about the iPhone 8, which is likely to arrive in 2017, including that it may be called the iPhone X or iPhone Edition. Here are all the exciting rumors about this incredible-sounding phone.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 news and rumors

Boasting a better processor than the Galaxy Tab S2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 could be one of the best Android tablets of the year. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming device so far.

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LG V30: News and rumors

We’re excited about the LG G6, but what about a sequel to the superb LG V20? Rumors say it’s coming later this year, and we’re already seeing the first leaks with hints about its specification. Here’s what you need to know about it.

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Lenovo Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs, news, and rumors

The upcoming Lenovo Moto G5 and G5 Plus have not yet been released, but rumors about the phones are steadily surfacing. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming phones thus far.

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Samsung Galaxy A7, A5, and A3 (2017) news

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7, showing off some very nice specifications at an affordable price. Here’s the rundown on what these phones have to offer.

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Samsung Galaxy X: Rumors and news leaks

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display technology for a few years now, and a folding smartphone might finally become a reality. Internally code-named Project Valley, the Galaxy X could launch next year.

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Good news! Google’s Pixel smartphone survives underwater longer than you can

Google’s Pixel handset might not have the highest IP rating in the world, but it actually handles water better than you might expect. In a test by one user, it was able to handle being submerged in shallow water for up to 30 minutes.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors and news leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is outselling the iPhone 6S and the 6S Plus. With that feat under its belt, it’s time to shift focus to next year’s flagship — the Galaxy S8. Here’s everything you need to know.

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HTC Bolt news and rumors

HTC may be bringing the Thunderbolt back to rejuvenate its declining sales. Well, at least the “Bolt” part. The HTC Bolt is expected to come to Sprint this month, and here’s everything you need to know.

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BlackBerry ‘Neon,’ ‘Argon,’ and ‘Mercury’ rumors, news, price, release date, and more

BlackBerry isn’t dead yet! The company may be readying three new Android smartphones for release later this year. Here’s everything we know about the devices, what they look like, and what they can do.

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Xiaomi Mi 5S news and rumors

Xiaomi may be gearing up to release a refresh of the Mi 5, even though it’s less than a year old. It’s expected to come with a Snapdragon 821 processor. Here’s everything we know about the Xiaomi Mi 5S so far.

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Allo and Duo news: what we know about Google’s all-new communication apps

Allo and Duo, new apps from Google, are edging near their release date. One Reddit user claims to be a beta tester for the apps and has shed some light on how they work, and what will happen to Hangouts.

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Bad news Poké-players, that Pokémon Go Plus wearable isn’t coming out this month

Nintendo has crushed the dreams of many Pokémon Go players, and said the fun Pokémon Go Plus Bluetooth accessory (that may help conserve your phone’s battery) has been delayed, and won’t arrive until September.

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2016 HTC Nexus news and rumors

After working with LG and Huawei last year, Google could partner with HTC on a pair of new Nexus devices. It would mark the first time Google and HTC have collaborated on a mobile device since 2010. We’ve got all the news and rumors here.

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BitTorrent to launch peer-to-peer streaming news network

BitTorrent is looking to expand its live streaming offerings by launching a TV news network in time for the November election, Variety reports today. The news network would be an expansion of the OTT News app the company released for Apple TV, iOS an…
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Galaxy Note 6, Galaxy Note 7 rumors and news leaks

Already looking to see what’s up with the next Galaxy Note? Here’s a look at the latest news and rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, or maybe the Galaxy Note 7, including talk of an early release to jump ahead of the next iPhone.

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Yahoo targets teens with news, weather, and virtual pet bots for Kik messaging app

Yahoo has launched its first range of bots for the Kik messaging app. Aside from bringing its existing news and weather services to the app, it has also created an original, playful virtual pet monkey bot that can be fed food emojis.

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The biggest news from Google I/O won’t matter until this fall

Google I/O, the company's massive annual developer event, has wrapped up for 2016. As usual, CEO Sundar Pichai and a host of the company's executives gave the world a look at what it's planning for the next year. Unfortunately, we'll need to wait to…
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The Zuck met with conservatives over news bias claims, and here’s what happened

Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday met with leading conservatives to discuss recent allegations of news bias at Facebook. The CEO insisted he wants to “build trust” with those who suspect the site suppresses stories from conservative news outlets.

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Xiaomi Mi Max rumors and news

Xiaomi has started teasing the announcement of a new phone. A really big new phone. It’s called the Mi Max, and the screen size may be larger than 6-inches, bridging the gap between its current largest phone and the Mi Pad 2 tablet.

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Google parent Alphabet misses estimates; news not all bad

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, missed analysts’ first-quarter 2016 revenue expectations with earnings of $ 7.50. Its ad business and “moonshots,” though, are doing better than expected.

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HTC 10 rumors and news leaks

HTC’s first big smartphone announcement of 2016 is probably going to be the HTC 10, at an event on April 12. Leaks have provided plenty of hints and speculation about the phone, so here’s what we think we know about it so far.

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Facebook to push live video to top of News Feed

What's the point of live video if you don't watch it when it's, you know, live? That's the reasoning behind a new shift in Facebook's algorithm that'll push live video streams to the top of your News Feed. This comes a few days after Facebook announc…
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Plus rumors and news

Samsung might introduce a 6-inch Galaxy S7 Plus to go along with a 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge, and a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7. An FCC filing confirms the S7 Edge’s battery capacity to be 3,600mAh.

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus rumors and news leaks

Forget about the iPhone 6S — that’s already old news. Rumors have already started to spread about Apple’s latest offering, the iPhone 7, a device we almost certainly won’t see until the end of 2016.

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Microsoft just launched an iOS news app for some reason

News apps aren't anything new these days, but that's not stopping Microsoft from taking a shot. News Pro for iPhone and the web comes fresh out of the oven from Microsoft Garage, the company's experimental project group. Its goal? To make it easy for…
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Catch up on all the Apple Watch 2 rumors and news

Rumors about the Apple Watch 2 are starting to heat up. Reports say it will be more independent, have better fitness support, and come in more styles. If Apple continues with tradition, the Watch 2 will arrive in the spring of 2016.

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Huawei P9 range rumors and news leaks

Rumors are gathering Huawei is working on the successor to the P8, it’s gorgeous 2015 flagship smartphone. The P9 may also be joined by the P9 Max, and we’ve got all the rumors and leaks regarding the phones right here.

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Galaxy S7 rumors and news leaks

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is reportedly on the way as early as January or February 2016. New renders show that the device will not feature a USB Type-C port, and a tweet from @evleaks shows four variants of the S7.

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YouTube and NBC News present Democratic primary debate in South Carolina

From presidential candidates launching their campaigns, to YouTube creators discussing issues that matter to their communities, to light-hearted moments along the campaign trail, you’ve already been following the 2016 U.S. election from multiple angles on YouTube.

Now you can watch the candidates debate on YouTube, too.

Next month, we’ll join together with NBC News to present the final DNC sanctioned Democratic presidential debate before the first caucus and primary votes are cast—with the action live streamed on YouTube. The NBC News-YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and moderated by Lester Holt, will take place on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C., airing on NBC from 9-11 p.m. ET and streamed live on the NBC News YouTube channel.

With so many YouTube fans following this election closely, of course there will be an opportunity for you to get involved. Along with Google Trends data, the debate will feature questions from the YouTube community. Look out for more information on how you can engage in the coming weeks.

Since 2005 you’ve made YouTube a home for global politics, and today you watch more than 5 million hours of news on YouTube every day. Over the course of 2016, you’ll be able to find all of the major election moments unfold on YouTube—tune in to the NBC News YouTube channel January 17 to kick off the election year.

Brandon Feldman, YouTube News, recently watched “Party Systems: Crash Course Government and Politics” and Steve Grove, Google News Lab, recently watched “Barack Obama Singing Hotline Bling by Drake.”


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OnePlus 2 Mini rumors and news

As 2016 looms, so do rumors about upcoming devices ahead of Mobile World Congress and CES. There’s a new one about a possible 4.6-inch device from OnePlus with the same internals as the OnePlus 2.

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LG G5 rumors and news

The LG G4 is an amazing phone, but it’s far from a hit. LG will likely offer another G series flagship next year, so now is a good time to start the speculation. Here’s everything we know so far about the LG G5.

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