Google adds 'fact check' to global search results

Google brings fake news fact-checking to search results

Google brings fake news fact-checking to search results

Google has introduced a new feature to its search and news services to help combat the spread of fake news and provide better quality information to its users.

According to the recent post on the Google blog, publishers can now enable a "Fact Check" tag in Google News which will mark as news those articles that have been fact-checked by publishers and respected fact-checking organizations, like Politifact, FactCheck.org and Snopes.

Any publisher can apply to add the fact check tag to their content, but Google's search algorithms will determine whether they appear in results or not, the blogpost added.

Hopefully, Google's new partnership will also put a dent in the spread of lies over the internet, which, in some instances, can cause irreversible damage. The announcement on Friday marks the wide-scale roll out of the feature.

Still unanswered is whether these fact-check analyses will sway people who are already prone to believe false reports because they confirm preconceived notions.

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"For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page", the tech giant said.

Say you want to verify something controversial a politician has said.

Google has today announced a major expansion of the Fact Check tool it first introduced back in October of past year to help counter fake news. Now the program is open to the rest of the world and to all languages.

The expansion comes in the wake of heavy criticism of U.S. technology firms for their inaction over the spread of misinformation and fake news, particularly around high-profile topics such as the United States election. With the global launch, News featured on Google News and Google Search everywhere would carry a Fact Check label. However, it still means that only a few from the lot will be able to make it to the list of source. Clicking on it takes people to tips and other information on how to spot false news and what to do about it.

Google warned that fact checks won't be available for every search result, and that different publishers may check the same claim and reach different conclusions. These fact checks are not Google's and are presented so people can make more informed judgements.

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