Google combats fake news with 'Fact Check' results in search and news

  • Google combats fake news with 'Fact Check' results in search and news

Google combats fake news with 'Fact Check' results in search and news

Google is upping the ante against fake news again with the worldwide roll out of new features that will place fact check tags on snippets of articles on Google News and Google Search results.

The fact-checking feature, which was first introduced to Google News in the United Kingdom and U.S. in October, will now be displayed as an information box in general search results as well as news search results globally. If you search for the phrase "how many undocumented immigrants are in the United States", normal search results appear with a mix of answers and data points.

A cursory spin of Google's fact-checking feature reveals that it's mostly tied to terms and headlines that Google's database of recognized fact-checking organizations have tackled.

Fast Check was first materialized a year ago in October when Google announced they'd be testing it in selected countries.

Before you believe that Google will assist you in marking hoaxes for every search, we would like to enlighten you that Fact Check would be offered for particular searches only. Critics have pointed to several instances of inaccurate and misleading articles surfacing in search results. The links that have been fact checked will not receive any kind of boost over other stories in search results. A particular story might be fact-check by multiple organizations, and their conclusions could be different.

So, with that in mind, this fact-checking flag isn't a definitive feature for naming something as true or false - it's simply there to help you make a more informed decision on what is true or false.

Google will be relying on third-party websites like PolitiFact and Snopes.com to determine the correctness of news articles.

Google will take the help of algorithms to enroll publishers which are an authentic source of information.

Google will work with the likes of Snope and PolitiFact as well as more traditional publishers like the New York Times and the Washington Post.

As the post explains: "This information won't be available for every search result, and there may be search result pages where different publishers checked the same claim and reached different conclusions".