YouTube Expands Data Verification Feature in US Mail Vote Videos

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YouTube Expands Data Verification Feature in US Mail Vote Videos




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Sep 24 (Reuters) – YouTube will begin displaying text and links from third-party fact-checkers below videos analyzing voting by mail in the United States, in its effort to curb false information ahead of the November election.

An information dashboard, a feature first launched in Brazil and India last year, will also highlight third-party articles with fact-checking for search queries related to voter registration, the platform said Thursday.

US President Donald Trump has claimed several times, without evidence, that voting by mail, which is expected to increase dramatically due to the coronavirus, is susceptible to fraud on a large scale.

Voting by mail is not new in the United States. Almost one in four voters cast their vote in the 2016 presidential election that way.

YouTube said that searches for presidential candidates and congressional hopefuls will now display a dashboard with details about the candidates.

(Report by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)

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