YouTube will put disclaimers on state-funded broadcasts to fight propaganda

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YouTube’s latest strategy to fight the spread of misinformation involves putting a disclaimer on videos from certain news sources. The online video website announced it will start labeling videos posted by state-funded broadcasters to alert viewers that the content is, in some part, funded by a government source. YouTube will begin labeling videos today, and the policy extends to outlets including the US’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Russian government broadcaster RT.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, PBS videos will now have the label “publicly funded American broadcaster,” while RT will have this disclaimer: “RT is funded in whole or in part by the Russian government.”

The new policy is YouTube’s way of informing viewers about where the content they’re watching is coming from, a piece of information often hidden or left unsought by the viewers themselves. “The principle here is to provide more information to our users, and let our users make the judgment themselves, as opposed to us being in the business of providing any sort of editorial judgment on any of these things ourselves,” YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan told the WSJ.

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Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets

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