Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google Expands "Fact Check" Tag to Search Results and News Articles Worldwide

Google Expands

That was a relatively limited program, though, and only available in the USA and U.K. Starting today, though, the company is going to cast a far wider net: fact check is now available globally and, in addition to Google News, it's coming to Google's search results pages. The utility was originally introduced last October on a select basis in the midst of one of the most divisive elections in recent memory in the US.

Google has today announced a major expansion of the Fact Check tool it first introduced back in October of a year ago to help counter fake news.

The tech giant said it's adding "fact-check" labels to some search results. It displays as a horizontally scrolling row of cards containing the section of the article where the claim was made, the person who made the claim and the result of each fact check on it. The information won't be available for every search result, and there may be conflicting conclusions in some cases, Google said in the blog post, from researcher Cong Yu and Justin Kosslyn of Google's sister company Jigsaw.

Although Google is working with established fact-checking organizations, like PolitiFact and Snopes, it's also opening up the system to publishers including The Washington Post and The New York Times. They must either present their data with ClaimReview mark-up on public pages or use the Share The Facts widget.

If you are a publisher and want to have your articles in this whole fact-checking thing, hit up the link below to get the instructions.

In the latest move, the information will appear in a box or card, similar to how Google serves recipes.

"These fact checks are not Google's and are presented so people can make more informed judgments", Google said.

"Fake news" has most likely been prevalent across social media channels and search results for sometime now.

A network of 115 fact-checking organizations will provide the accuracy assessment for dubious articles, rather than Google providing the fact-checking service itself.

It's also important to know that trusted sources in the first place will be "determined by algorithm" and not humans, which could conceivably leave room for error, if not bias. Google's announcement comes in the same week that Facebook announced a new set of measures to impede the distribution of fake news on its platform.

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