YouTube launches two new healthcare features in India: Here’s how they work


YouTube has launched two new health-focused features in India that aim to provide users with a reliable source of access to health information in the country. The company today announced that it has started rolling out the Health Sources Information Panel and Health Ingredients Shelf features in India.

The first feature, called the ‘Health Source Information Panel’, will provide context to help viewers in the country identify videos from official sources. These health labels will appear under videos from recognized health organizations and government entities so that viewers can better assess the source of the information and differentiate between credible health content on YouTube.

On the other hand, a second feature called ‘Health Content Shelves’ will highlight videos from authoritative sources more effectively when viewers search for specific health topics. For example, when users search for specific health conditions such as heart disease or breast cancer, a new content shelf in the search will feature videos related to a related health topic from recognized health organizations and government entities. YouTube says the purpose of these shelves is to visually differentiate and highlight official videos in search.

Initially, the company will use a set of principles developed by a panel of experts convened by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and WHO in the United States to determine which sources are included in these newly announced health facilities. Let’s do.

As far as availability is concerned, the new features will be available in both English and Hindi.

“Video can help make complex, clinical topics understandable and accessible in a way that text simply cannot… so we create an effective, innovative approach to public health communication through principles, partnerships, and product development. Dr. Garth Graham, Director and Global Head of Healthcare and Public Health, YouTube, said on the occasion.

Separately, YouTube also highlighted the impact of its platform in India. Citing the recently released Oxford Economics Impact Report 2021, YouTube said that 69% of users said its platform has been a reliable source of information since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has also shown its information panels in India more than 250 billion times since February 2020.

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