YouTube is introducing two new health-focused features to ensure the credibility of health information on its platform in India. The video-sharing app, owned by Google, has unveiled new health resource information panels that will tag videos from trusted health organizations and government agencies. Allows users to identify data from verified sources. In addition, YouTube Health has added new health content shelves that feature videos from authoritative sources in search results. Both new features will be available in English and Hindi.
YouTube announced on Thursday the launch of new health resource information panels and health content shelves in India. The health resource information panel feature identifies and labels videos from original sources. The goal is to allow users who search for health-related content on YouTube to instantly retrieve videos from accredited health organizations and government agencies. With the functionality of the health content shelves, videos from certified sources will appear as search results on the platform. Videos related to accredited health organizations and government agencies are eligible for these boards.
YouTube said it uses principles developed by a panel of experts convened by the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to designate these resources for the two new health-focused features.
In a press release, the company quoted Oxford Economics Impact Report 2021 saying that YouTube has been an indispensable part of the lives of millions of Indians. A 69 percent of users said YouTube has been a reliable source of information since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it added.
YouTube is actively looking for new features to the platform. Earlier this year, it was spotted testing a new Smart Downloads feature that allows users to access content without relying on a data connection. It can automatically download videos when Android devices are connected to Wi-Fi. The Smart Downloads feature allows downloading 20 recommended videos per week. It is reportedly available as an experimental limited subscriber feature for a limited time. In a similar development, YouTube would roll out the Listen Controls feature to Premium users on Android and iOS. The new feature gives users additional controls while listening to music on the platform.
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