In February, for example, a YouTube video suggesting that one of the high-school students who survived the mass killing in Parkland, Fla., David Hogg, was an actor hired by gun-control advocates briefly became YouTube's No. 1 trending video.
"We will provide funding across approximately 20 global markets to support news organisations in building sustainable video operations", the blog post added.
Last year, Google Search had to address "fake news" appearing in "Featured Snippets" on the web and being offered as answers via Assistant and Google Home. YouTube says the 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".
It's harder to produce accurate and informative videos in the same time frame, so something Mohan called "a new information panel" will appear at the top of search results around developing news stories.
In the United States, the service will be trialing a short preview of verified news articles in the initial hours of news stories breaking, so that you can quickly learn the context behind the event and click through for more detailed information.
It's also testing features that will surface local news on the YouTube television app. These tests are being run in 25 markets across the USA and Google says that local news has gotten "strong engagement" so far.
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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 USA -based initiative created to equip 1 million teens with digital literacy skills.
The statement continued: "Today, we're announcing steps we're taking with the Google News Initiative to support the future of news in online video, and product features we've been working on to improve the news experience on YouTube".
To make it easier to find quality news, YouTube has launched "Top News" shelf that highlights videos from news sources in search results.
The first partners in the program will be USA -based Vox Media, Jovem Pan of Brazil and India Today.
Other topics that are targets of misinformation peddlers - like the moon landing, for instance - will see an increase in related links to sources like Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannia. Currently, the 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, and Nigeria. The company says it will double the number of countries that can access these features soon.