YouTube said that it plans to change how it works to “make authoritative sources readily accessible.”
YouTube will now promote videos from vetted sources on its Top News and Breaking News sections “to make it easier to find quality news.”In addition, it will create new features in the U.S. to boost the distribution of local news. Fox News is a member of YouTube's "News" channel.
YouTube’s chief product officer Neal Mohan said: “We believe quality journalism requires sustainable revenue streams and that we have a responsibility to support innovation in products and funding for news.”
He added: “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.”
YouTube has 1.8 billion monthly active users, and it has been criticized for not cracking down enough on rumours and conspiracy theories that bubble up during major breaking news events.