YouTube is bringing two new health-centric features to ensure the reliability of health information on its platform in India. Google’s proprietary video-sharing app has unveiled a new health source information panel that will label videos from trusted health organizations and government agencies. This allows users to identify data from verified sources. In addition, YouTube Health has added new health content shelves that highlight videos from authentic sources in search results. Two new features will be available in English and Hindi.
YouTube on Thursday announced the launch of new health source information panels and health content shelves in India. The Health Source Information Panel feature will identify and label videos from the original source. The idea is that users searching for health-related content on YouTube will be able to instantly take videos from recognized health agencies and government agencies. Videos from certified sources will pop up as search results on the platform, including health content shelving functionality. Videos related to recognized health organizations, and government agencies are eligible for these shelves.
YouTube says it is using policies developed by a panel of experts called by the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to point these sources to two new health-centric features.
In a press release, the company quoted the Oxford Economics Impact Report 2021 and said that YouTube has become an essential 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 epidemic, it added.
YouTube is actively seeking to add new features to the platform. Earlier this year, it was seen testing a new smart download feature that allows users to access content without relying on data connections. It can automatically download videos when Android devices are connected to Wi-Fi. The Smart Download feature can download up to 20 recommended videos per week. It has been reported to be available as an experimental feature for limited customers for a limited time. In a similar development, YouTube is expected to launch a listening control feature for premium users on Android and iOS. The new feature gives users extra control over listening to music on the platform.
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