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    Google makes exploring news on YouTube easier with a new watch page

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    Last updated: October 19th, 2023 at 11:36 UTC+02:00

    Google has announced that it is introducing a new layout for the watch page on YouTube for content related to news. For those of you who don’t know about the watch page, it is a page that appears below the video that's playing and recommends content for you to explore.

    According to the company, the updated watch page makes it easier for people to explore news on the platform by suggesting more meaningful content. Plus, it recommends content from credible sources to protect users from falling for false information and watching harmful content.

    Recommends different types of content from credible sources

    The new watch page suggests different types of content, including video on demand, live streams, podcasts, and Shorts, related to the topic that you are exploring, allowing you to learn about something from multiple sources and explore the topic from different angles.

    The new watch page will be available within videos that have a newspaper icon. To access it, click on a video with the newspaper icon on Home or on the search page. Once the video starts playing, YouTube will show you a watch page that says ‘News story’. It will have content related to the topic that you are exploring.

    Google has demonstrated the new watch page layout in a video. As you can see below, once the user clicks on a video about floods in Pakistan, the new watch page recommends the user different types of content on the matter, including the latest updates, explanations and commentary, live news, and Shorts.

    Rolling out to phones, will be available on the web and TV soon

    According to the company, the feature is being rolled out in a phased manner for mobile users in approximately 40 countries. From what we could gather, the updated watch page will come as a part of an update to the app. So, make sure to update YouTube to the latest version to enjoy the new feature. Google says that the updated watch page will also be available on the web platform and the YouTube app for TVs soon.

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