Fact checking, a vital element in this year’s presidential race, is approaching to Google News.
A fact-check characteristic will appear as a tag among Google news search results, alongside reputable labels for “highly cited,” “in-depth” and “opinion”. Sites deemed nonpartisan and completing the criterion of a fact-checking service can apply for the label.
“We’re excited to see the expansion of the Fact Check community and to put a light on its efforts to divine fact from fiction, wisdom from spin,” Google revealed in a blog post last week.
No shortage of claims and counter-claims have beleaguered the veracity of comments on a wide range of issues in the common election pitting Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. Most major media outlets now regularly run fact-check boxes and some networks, such as CNN, parenthetically put in headlines verifying or challenging a candidate’s claims.
Facebook, which holds significant sway in how Americans receive their news, has yet to employ a fact-checking characteristic. The social-networking giant recently landed itself in hot water when its algorithm promoted not some genuine news.
Richard Gingras, Google’s head of news, informed it shall “help readers seek fact checking in large news stories”.
He stated, sites which already have a fact checking service can pertain to be included to appear in search results.
“You’ll see the tagged articles in the expanded story box on news.google.com and in the Google News & Weather iOS and Android apps, starting with the US and the UK,” he narrated in a blogpost.