See fact checks in YouTube search results

Note: This feature is available in Brazil, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Information panels provide more context on videos across YouTube. You’ll see different types of info from third-party sources, like links to fact check in search results. We give you this context to help you make your own informed decisions about videos you watch on YouTube.

When you search YouTube for something related to a specific claim, you’ll sometimes see an information panel that includes a fact check from an independent third-party publisher. These information panels tell you whether claims related to your search are true, false, or something else like "partly true," according to the publisher’s fact check.

What fact checks look like on YouTube

If a publisher has fact-checked something specific to your search query, you'll see an information panel marked as an "independent fact check" with:

  • The name of the publisher doing the fact check
  • The claim being fact checked
  • A snippet of the publisher’s fact check finding
  • A link to the publisher’s article to learn more
  • Info about the publication date of the fact check article

When there are related fact checks from multiple publishers, you’ll see multiple results.

If you don’t see a fact check

Fact checks don't surface for every search. There are several factors that determine whether a fact check appears, mainly if the search terms are clearly seeking information about the accuracy of a claim. Additionally, we consider the relevance and recency of the fact check in relation to the search terms.

If you don’t see a fact check, it may be because an eligible publisher hasn't published a fact check article relevant to your search. YouTube doesn’t provide editorial direction on fact check articles or rating systems that show in the information panels.

Feedback on fact checks

YouTube doesn’t endorse or create any of the fact checks that are shown in information panels on YouTube. If you disagree with info in a particular fact check article, please contact the website owner that published it. If you see a fact check that violates our Community Guidelinessend us feedback.

Who publishes fact checks

Fact check articles shown on YouTube utilize publicly available schema.org ClaimReview markup and publishers are eligible to participate if:

  • The publisher is either a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles or is an authoritative publisher.

AND

Publishers and their fact checks are reviewed on an ongoing basis to make sure:

  • Fact check articles are held to YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
  • Fact check articles are held to ClaimReview structured data guidelines.
  • Fact check articles contain distinct claims and clear ratings that are easily found in the body of the article. 
  • Fact check sources and methods are traceable and transparent, with citations and references to primary sources.

If an article doesn’t follow these guidelines, we may either decide not to show that publisher’s article or remove the publisher’s ability to show fact checks on YouTube.

Note: YouTube doesn’t show fact checks from organizations that are state-funded or tied to a political party. In the United States, we only show fact checks from publishers based in the United States.

How we evaluate authoritativeness

We use a number of signals to determine authoritativeness to make sure only content from established and relevant sources appears in our information panels. We also use external raters to evaluate the expertise and trustworthiness of the content. We go to extraordinary lengths to build our products and enforce our policies to make sure that ideological or political leanings aren’t taken into account when assessing authoritative sources.

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