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Google LLC-owned YouTube LLC is expanding its video fact-checking to the U.S. following the initiative's launch in Brazil and India amid the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to an April 28 company blog post, fact-check information panels will appear for searches based on factors such as the availability of a relevant fact-check article from an eligible publisher, whether users search for a specific claim and fact-check articles' compliance with YouTube's community guidelines.

The video-sharing platform's fact-checking initiative relies on third-party publishers who are required to follow the ClaimReview tagging system. YouTube said U.S. publishers such as The Dispatch,, PolitiFact and The Washington Post Fact Checker are taking part in the initiative.

YouTube also pledged $1 million through the Google News Initiative for the International Fact-Checking Network to support fact-checking and verification efforts globally.

Alphabet Inc. owns Google.

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