YouTube adds fact-checking feature to cut through controversy

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The Google-owned video platform is adding a new feature which will appear when users search for controversial topics.

Some YouTube searches will bring up a new information panel offering facts or dispelling myths in an attempt to combat the spread of misinformation.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to build a better news experience on YouTube, we are expanding our information panels to bring fact checks from eligible publishers to YouTube," a spokesperson from YouTube told Engadget. "We are launching this feature in India and plan to roll this out in more countries as time goes on."

Understandably, YouTube won't be fact-checking individual videos. The fact checks will appear as users search for topics, similarly to search recommendations on Google. 

The feature is launching first in India and will be available in Hindi and English, but will be coming to other regions and languages in the future, Engadget reported.