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YouTube Launched New Features for Online Video News Experience

YouTube announced recently on its official blog the launching of some new features to its platform, which aims to support the future of news in online video to build a better news experience on YouTube, by enabling users to reach trusted reports and news easily.

The YouTube new step of added new features to the platform comes after the Google News Initiative (GNI) launching in March 2018, which built to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

It worth to be mentioned that in 2015, the YouTube played a main role for publishers after the European publishers complained from the high cost of video journalism. The YouTube’s role was a great solution which enables news organizations to use YouTube’s video player and give viewers a world-class video experience across their own websites and mobile apps.

As a result, the cost of publishing news videos on YouTube has been reduced and new organizations can earn money easily from publishing on YouTube platform. YouTube is still trying to support innovation in products and funding for news.


As announced by YouTube, these new features and developments are:

  • On the upcoming weeks, only in the U.S., YouTube will start providing a short preview of news articles in search results on YouTube that link to the full article during the initial hours of a major news event. This feature specifically based on the long time taken to verify, produce and publish high-quality videos after a breaking news event. 
  • Introducing Top News and Breaking News, a new feature that puts the important breaking news on the homepage of YouTube mechanistically. These two features are launched in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and more.
  • Users will begin seeing information from third parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation.
  • Showcasing more local news, starting with the U.S. The YouTube is testing the feature that surfaces local news in the YouTube app for TV screens across 25 media markets around the United States, making it easy to access local news in the living room– the fastest growing screen.
  • YouTube has teamed up with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education to equip 1 million teens with digital literacy skills.