During the recent protests in Hong Kong, Google announced that YouTube was used to deliberately spread content and false news that misleads users, and has a new tagging to address the problem. feature on the air.
YouTube began tagging videos uploaded by government or publicly funded media organizations as part of this new feature. Currently active in 10 regions, including Hong Kong, this feature enables users to learn more about publishers.
So far, YouTube has been criticized for its lack of distinction between government-backed but editorially independent publishers and publishers such as the Xinhua News Agency or China Global Television Network, which is the government’s spokesperson. Was.
YouTube’s new feature was first noticed by Jane Manchun Wong, known for discovering hidden features in apps. YouTube updated the editorial policies, saying:
“If a channel belongs to a government-funded or publicly funded news publisher, it can be viewed on the viewing page of videos on an information panel channel that indicates the publisher’s context.”
When you enter the panel, you can see how the publisher is funded and links to the Wikipedia page about the publisher. The feature is broadcast in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and Hong Kong and can be viewed on voice of America, BBC, Xinhua and National Public Radio.
YouTube shares a statement stressing that the information presented on the panel is not a review of YouTube. Let’s also add that these panels won’t be visible in YouTube search results and won’t affect the panels’ video views or revenue-generating criteria.
Finally, it’s worth noting that Google blocked 210 accounts because it shared content that misled you during demonstrations in Hong Kong, and YouTube is not alone. Facebook and Twitter also announced that they are taking action against accounts that are part of the propaganda campaign.