YouTube launched health labels for videos last year to control the spread of misinformation regarding health-related topics, and is now introducing them to more regions. These include three regions in particular: Brazil, India and Japan.
In addition to this, YouTube plans to add a 'health content shelf' that would contain reliable information from recognized sources that people can refer to.
The health-information labels have been designed to prioritize information from officially recognized sources; those identified by The World Health Organization and NAM. However, they do not filter the results as finely, meaning that most users still come across information from other unrecognized sources.
Nevertheless, adding such labels will have some effect on the spread of rumours about health-related topics. This is important, considering how YouTube is a significant source for a variety of information as a big social media platform, which naturally, also makes it a place of conspiracies and false information.
YouTube has revealed that it is going to launch the health labels in more regions in the coming months.