WEB Notes: This is a completely bunk notion. This has nothing to do with what the first paragraph outlines and everything to do with controlling information and how it is presented to you. This is about controlling what you believe is truth, it is about controlling the perceived truth of the world.

Following a year in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy-theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas, the company announced on Monday a slew of new features it hopes will make news on the platform more reliable and less susceptible to manipulation. The company is also investing $25 million in grants to news organizations looking to expand their video operations, as part of a larger, $300 million program sponsored by YouTube’s sister company, Google.

According to YouTube executives, the goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users’ feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences. The challenge is deciding what constitutes authority when the public seems more divided than ever on which news sources to trust—or whether to trust the traditional news industry at all.

Source: YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund ‘Authoritative’ News | WIRED



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