Google rolls out Fact Check label for news and search results globally

Nowhere has this been more problematic in recent months than in the United States, which has seen an uptick in the accusation of fake news, a holdover from a bitter election last fall.

The fact check tag for Google News was introduced last October in the USA and United Kingdom, a few weeks before the presidential election between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. My own sixth grader has been studying how to differentiate real from fake news in school and I imagine for her generation, it will be massively helpful in pushing kids to look at Internet headlines more critically.

Google warns that the fact check label won't appear for every possible conspiracy or insane news story you can think of.

Google's announcement comes a day after Facebook launched a resource to help users spot false news and misleading information that spreads on its service. This feature essentially places a fact check tag on search results - to know that the story's claim is true or false.

Google is wading into the battle against online fake news and adding a fact check to its search results.

Google has worked with fact-checking websites such as Snopes and Politifact in the past but this is the first time that such a feature has been added to the search function as well as on a global scale, reports The Verge. Publishers wishing to contribute will have to adhere to Google News' general guidelines and be "algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information" before they can contribute.

These fact checks are not carried out by Google, who will instead rely on fact-checking organisations to verify that the information is true.

The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.

The information will appear clearly in a relevant search result, as you can see in the image above.

'These fact checks are not Google's and are presented so people can make more informed judgements. So media organizations can fact-check each others' articles by using this feature.

"Google was built to help people find useful information by surfacing the great content that publishers and sites create", the post reads. But while Fact Check won't eliminate the problem of fake news completely, Forte thinks that Google's new tool is an important step in fighting the proliferation of misinformation on the web.

  • Patricia Jimenez