Google Rolls Out ‘Fact Check’ Tag in News Search Results Globally


Google furthered its strategy Friday to identify and rid the online world of “fake news” by globally rolling out a Fact Check tag in Google News search results.

The new tags, to be used in all languages for users worldwide, will use third-party fact-checkers to indicate whether news items are true, false or somewhere in-between.

“For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page,” Google said in a blog post.

“The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim,” the post continued.

Fast Check was first materialized last year in October when Google announced they’d be testing it in selected countries. With the global launch, news featured on Google News and Google Search everywhere will carry a Fact Check label.

The world’s largest search engine had made the feature available to limited users in the United States and the United Kingdom, but it is now ready for use across the globe including Canada.

Google isn’t the only Silicon Valley firm trying to solve the fake news problem. On Thursday, Facebook introduced new features designed to show users how to detect misleading news stories.


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