Today, the American tech giant Google has announced that it has introduced some new features to help users in fact-checking information and stories.
The information is contained in press releases signed by Google’s Product Manager, Nidhi Hebbar, titled: “Check the facts with these Google features.” The new Google features for fact-checking are:
Firstly, Search automatically. According to Google, the Search automatically will assist users in fact-checking information when news breaks or a new issue becomes popular. Search will display a notice on users’ search results informing them that it may take time for a variety of sources to publish information on a topic. Currently, these notices are available in more than 20 languages all across the world.
Starting today, these alerts will offer advice to help users evaluate information online on searches in English in the United States, reminding them that they can check whether a source is reputable on a topic or return later when more information is available.
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The second one is, the New label for highly cited sources: For instance, when a local news organization publishes an investigative piece about difficulties. The news is so enormous that it’s taken up by a slew of other publications. But what if you hadn’t seen the original narrative, which had a special meaning for the locals?
Now, Google is adding a feature that allows you to find stories that have been often cited by other news organizations, making it easy to get the most useful or relevant information for a news topic.
This label features top stories discovered on anything from an investigative report to an interview, an announcement, a press release, or a local news story, as long as other outlets link to it.
The tech behemoth is also intrigued by the possibility of elevating original reporting, making it even easier for consumers to find and interact with the publishers and journalists whose work adds distinctive value to a story. The well-known label will appear on mobile in English in the United States soon, followed by a global rollout in the coming weeks.
Google’s Fact Check Explorer is another approach to quickly accessing information that has been validated by independent fact-checking organizations is to use Google’s fact-checking capabilities. You may notice fact-check articles in your search results if you search for a topic that is debatable. These results show excerpts to help you understand the context of a claim.
Additionally, when using Google News on a desktop, you can see recently fact-checked assertions from independent media in your area when they are relevant to the top stories of the day.
Thus, the new Google’s Fact Check Explorer allows you to look for information on a variety of topics. More than 150,000 fact checks from credible publishers throughout the world are collected by this program.
Also, Google News Initiative is another supporting new feature to bolster fact-checking globally is the Google News Initiative. Google has teamed up with the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) at the nonprofit Poynter Institute to assist fact-checkers and industry professionals around the world with training and resources.
The IFCN will launch a program to encourage collaboration on hot subjects, protect fact-checkers from persecution, and hold a series of courses on digital tools and procedures. Participants from underrepresented populations will also be assisted in attending the Global Fact 9 event, which will be hosted in Oslo later this year.
In all, the tech giant, however, maintained that is currently partnering with a number of other fact-check organizations among them are Chequeado and Maldita, LatamChequea in Latin America, Brazil-Comprova, Agence-France Presse Australian Associated Press, and the FactsFirstPH.