YouTube Experimenting with its own version of X Community Notes

| Updated on 19 June 2024

Finally, a Google company is stealing something worthwhile from the competition. YouTube is adding X-like community notes to some videos as they are testing the feature. 

The company announced in a blog that a new option will enable users to add their own notes on videos to provide “relevant, timely, and easy-to-understand context.” 

YouTube Rating Notes

It is like YouTube is adding its own version of X’s Community Notes feature to the platform. This feature will enable users to append their own contextual pointers to YouTube videos. 

According to YouTube, “Notes will appear publicly under a video if they’re found to be broadly helpful. People will be asked whether they think a note is “helpful,” “somewhat helpful,” or “unhelpful” and why – for example, whether it cites high-quality sources or is written clearly and neutrally. From there, we’ll use a bridging-based algorithm to consider these ratings and determine what notes are published.”

This means that it will enable the YouTube community to provide more context and qualification to claims made within the YouTube videos. 

The company also says that viewers will be able to provide feedback on the notes as well. The company says that users will be able to tell YouTube if the note is helpful or not. And then YouTube will feed that into an algorithm to determine if the note is helpful or not. 

“If many people who have rated notes differently in the past now rate the same note as helpful, then our system is more likely to show that note under a video. These systems will continuously improve as more notes are written and rated across a broad range of topics.”

So, from the looks, it will be a slow rollout. YouTube didn’t provide a strict timeline for this, they said that in the “coming weeks and months”, viewers in the US will start to see notes on various videos.

Alap Naik Desai

Tech Journalist

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