YouTube announced on its official blog site that it rolled out Thursday YouTube Newswire, a service designed to host raw witness videos of the events that made the news worldwide.
We are already accustomed with amateur video footage complementing our daily news feed, and there is barely a major story without an exclusive view on the events provided by a witness’ camera.
And we are talking about huge events such as the Arab Spring, Ferguson protests, and Charlie Hebdo attacks, whose coverage might have been biased without the troves of “user-generated-content” posted on YouTube.
the site says. Viewers and reporters alike will have easier access and find the most relevant content in no time.
YouTube Newswire will feature video footage on both international and regional news. It will be equipped with a Twitter feed, and its users will be able to subscribe to a daily newsletter.
Currently, the playlists of the newly-launched channel contain witness footage on the earthquake and avalanche in Nepal, flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, prayer vigils held for the nine victims of a shooting in a Charleston church, a large wildfire in Alaska and many more.
“Today, more than 5 million hours of news video is watched on YouTube every day, and the role of the eyewitness has never had a more vital place in the newsgathering process,”
said Olivia Ma from Google’s News Lab.
Ms. Ma added that just about everyone in the world with a camera or a phone can bear witness to the events around them and share them with a “global audience.”
YouTube Newswire, is a joint project of Google’s YouTube and Storyful, a social news agency whose main goal is to “curate” user generated footage. Storyful also worked with Facebook on its FB Newswire project, which was launched in 2014.
Storyful’s team has extensive expertise in identifying genuine news material, and debunking hoax videos. The team proved that Jimmy Kimmel’s “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” was fake days before Kimmel said it was a set up.
YouTube hopes that reporters and news agencies would also be able to detect hoaxes, so it launched The First Draft Coalition, a web page designed to educate journalists on how to verify the authenticity of eyewitness footage.
The world’s largest video-sharing platform also rolled out The WITNESS Media Lab, an initiative meant to produce “in-depth projects” on news about human rights violations as seen by witnesses or those affected by them.
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