A new tag is going to be added by Google: Fact check. Until now the stories from Google News were labeled as “featured”, “in depth”, and “highly cited”.
Fact-checking was done by interns but now it is done by Google. A fact-check “operation” should be done by every article before it is published in order to maintain the real facts and stop false statements from being published. Many fact-checks are done by other sites but Google wants to step up and do it itself.
According to Duke University, over 100 websites already check news facts.
“They collectively product many thousands of fact-checks a year, examining claims around urban legends, politics, health, and the media itself.” said Richard Gingras head of Google News.
The algorithms used by Google are going to determine which blog posts and news articles contain fact checks by using a new system. Google is going to look for websites that follow fact checks conducted after the proposed criteria. Those who want to apply this to their stories just check online for instructions.
The ones that are interested in what is new around them can see this in the expanded box on their laptops or on the apps installed on their phones.
The biggest search engine started to label articles in 2009 in order to make it easy for the readers to choose what they want. Over the time more and more labels were added. For example, this year, a new Local Source tag was . This tag highlights coverage that is from local websites.
The label “Fact-check” comes after several untrue stories were discovered in the trending section on Facebook. After this, Facebook decided to join an organization that tracks misinformation. Other tech titans like Twitter followed in Facebook’s footsteps and now the biggest search engine decided to show which story is actually true.
After this change is made the label is going to separate the true from false, the documented from undocumented, the informative from misleading. People that are going to read stories from the fact-check section will get the real stories and the necessary amount of information that they want. Those who have the app installed are luckier because Google is making a better and separate index for phones.
What is your opinion about this new label? Do you think Google News needs it?
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