It’s voting season in the US, which also means it’s time for big tech companies to roll out their newest politics-related features. This time around Google is adding a couple of features to make Search a more useful backup to televised debates.
First up, a new experimental feature will supplement live debates with direct quotes from candidates on various issues – in real time. Basically, when a topic is addressed on screen, you’ll be able to see previous quotes, photos and videos from the candidates relevant to the issues being discussed.
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Google says the feature “levels the playing field for candidates to share ideas and positions on issues they may not have had a chance to address during the debate.” So next time you hear a candidate complaining about not getting enough time to speak, you can turn to Google. And while it’s mainly meant to supplement what’s happening on-screen, you could also use it to call out candidates when they contradict themselves.
Google Trends is also getting a political boost with stronger insights on candidates and debate topics. You can ask search for trending issues and terms, as well as view rankings on which candidate was searched most during debates. Meanwhile, you’ll also be able to answer poll questions directly from Search results as well to supplement Google’s database.
Finally, the company is inviting three YouTube creators (Nabela Noor, Mark Watson, and Dulce Candy) to join Fox’s moderators in asking questions on the issues that matter to them. It’s a small addition, but one that helps add something of interest for the younger generation.
The new search features go live with tonight’s Republican debate; you can access them simply by searching for “Fox News debate” starting at 7pm ET.
➤ New ways to stay informed about presidential politics [Google Official Blog]