YouTube combats misinformation in PH with expanded information panels

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In case you still haven’t noticed, YouTube has expanded the information panel on its app in the Philippines.

YouTube’s information panel provides users with verifiable information on topics prone to false data whenever they search for them on the app. It is located on top of your search results or under a video you are watching.

In addition to the COVID-19 information panels, users in the Philippines will begin to see information from third-party sources, such as Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica, alongside videos on a number of well-established topics.

It includes climate change, the 9/11 attacks, the Holocaust, the Apollo moon landing, and martial law in the Philippines among many others. 

The launch of the information panel giving topical context in the Philippines builds on the existing portfolio of features that YouTube launched in the country, aimed at raising authoritative information to viewers, breaking news events.

These features include shelves labeled as Top News and Breaking News, information panels about publishers that receive public or government funding, and information panels for COVID-19. 

YouTube said in a press release that panels may not appear immediately on some content, but it promises to work to correct issues over time.

YouTube first launched its information panels in 2018 and is currently available in many countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, the UK, and the US.

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