YouTube to Promote ‘Authoritative’ Coronavirus Content on Homepage


New Delhi: To stem the spread of coronavirus misinformation, YouTube has unveiled a fresh effort with a “news shelf” on its homepage promoting “authoritative content.”

The move is the latest by technology platforms to curb the sharing of rumours and hoaxes about the pandemic.

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 increased claims that the virus itself is a hoax.

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

The Facebook information hub was built in collaboration with health organisations and was rolled out in the US and Europe, with plans to expand it to other locations.

Twitter this week expanded its safety rules to remove tweets that could put more people at risk.

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