The heart of tech

This article was published on April 7, 2017


Google adds fact check to global search results in the war against fake news

Google adds fact check to global search results in the war against fake news
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Story by

Abhimanyu Ghoshal

Managing Editor

Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and Abhimanyu is TNW's Managing Editor, and is all about personal devices, Asia's tech ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or write in: [email protected].

Google is upping the ante in its battle against fake news and false information on the web by introducing fact checks from third parties in its search and news results.

That information, supplied by the likes of PolitiFact and Snopes, will show up in cards with a ‘Fact Check’ tag when you use the company’s search engine or look up news. As the company noted in a blog post, “the snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.”

Google first added fact checks to search back in October 2016 for the US and UK and rolled it out to a few more countries in February. Today’s announcement sees the feature launching across the world.

As before, the information isn’t verified directly by Google; instead, it allows anyone to get in on the action by using prescribed markup on their fact check pages. “Only publishers that are algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information will qualify for inclusion,” the company said.

With that, Google joins Facebook in helping web users discern between bogus stories and truthful content. The company said it’s currently working with 115 fact-checking organizations to source verification data. Hopefully, we’ll see more initiatives like this to help prevent false information from spreading widely across the web.

Also tagged with