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This news item is part of the top 5 news (Week 4, Jun 2024) specially curated for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures. 

YouTube is initiating a pilot program to allow viewers to add their own notes to videos. This feature is currently in the experimental stage and will be available on mobile devices in the United States, limited to English language content initially.

Details of the Pilot Program

The rollout strategy involves inviting a select group of eligible contributors to participate. These contributors will be able to write notes on the videos they watch. This user-generated content then becomes visible to other viewers.

Interactivity and Public Validation

As part of the experiment, YouTube has introduced a rating system for these notes. Viewers will see new notes appear as they watch videos and will have the option to rate them. The rating questions will gauge whether the note is helpful, somewhat helpful, unhelpful, or simply ask why the viewer feels a certain way about it.

YouTube plans to use a bridging-based algorithm to review these ratings and decide which notes are published based on their usefulness. The objective is to ensure that only the most valuable notes are available to the wider audience.

Background and Implications

This experiment is part of YouTube’s ongoing efforts to enhance the contextual information available alongside videos. The addition of user-generated notes marks a significant step towards engaging the community in curating and validating content. By enabling public validation, YouTube aims to leverage collective intelligence to enrich the viewing experience.

Here is the full list of the news items from Week 4, Jun 2024 with source links from Anthropic, Claude AI, TikTok, WhatsApp, Meta, Google.

🗞️ News 1: Anthropic Launches Claude 3.5 Sonnet; Outperforms GPT-4o & Gemini       

Source: Anthropic

🗞️ News 2: TikTok Releases ‘Symphony’ Suite of Ad Tools Powered by Generative AI      

Source: TikTok

🗞️ News 3: YouTube Now Allows People to Add ‘Notes’ to Videos, As An Experiment    

Source: YouTube

🗞️ News 4: WhatsApp Adds New Audio & Video Call Features Including Screen Sharing          

Source: WhatsApp

🗞️ News 5: Meta’s Cannes Lions 2024 Announcements: AI Chatbots, Messaging & More  

Source: Meta

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