Google battles fake news by introducing "Fact Checks" to search results


In a bid to curb the dissemination of fake news online, Google is introducing a “Fact Check” tag to its search results.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that Google will be checking the legitimacy of every single piece of news on the web. This responsibility will instead be relegated to third-parties, such as Snopes, PolitiFact, and other companies.

When you look up something online, the usual Google card will be displayed alongside a snippet of information on the matter, who's made the claim, and who checked that legitimacy of that particular claim.

One of the examples provided by the company in a recent blog post is for a Google search for “27 million people enslaved”, which yields a card that correctly names US Senator Bob Corker as the source of the statement and provides a “Fact Check” by PolitiFact which identifies the statement as “Mostly True”.



Google says that it’s currently working with 115 fact-checking organizations to expand on the idea, so other companies will be able to participate, but only if they are “algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information,“ says Google.

Of course, as with any such gargantuan undertaking, we are not expecting that every piece of information online will be magically fact-checked and verified by someone. What Google aims to do is simply help people make more informed judgments when looking for information online:



After both  Facebook and Google kicked fake news sites off their respective ad networks, this is Google’s next move toward curbing the dissemination of false information online..

source: Google

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13 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

This is a good move by big G...It's now Facebook's turn to do something similar. In fact, fake news on Facebook is even more rampant.

2. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

While I completely agree, I'm grabbing the popcorn to hear the backlash from the people who think fake news is anything that opposes their viewpoint. :D

4. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

You'd be surprised. Fake news ones from all over the place. I should provide the link, but there are several real accounts of people from the so-called developed looking to go see revolutions going on in countries, only to disappointed that what they saw on news wasn't really going on. Even more startling, is that there was footage on mainstream media that showed Arab people applauding and celebrating the "attacks" on 9-11. Someone got the full tape of what was really going on, and the Arabs were actually cheering because they were receiving aid. A German journalist also confessed that many reporters I the west are actually what we call "non official covers," and report information in their need articles that was fed to them by intelligence agencies. I'm not sure why some people think that only 3rd world dictators are capable of using the mainstream media as a propaganda machine.

6. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

What do you consider a reliable source of factual information?

9. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

There's true and false stuff abound. The best thing, as an Egyptian emissary said, is to go out to the people and touch the reality. Most of us are too comfortable in the west to do that, so the next best thing is to get information from multiple media outlets - local and national, as well as independent sources - and extrapolate the truth based on the common denominator of what is being said. Always think about what someone has to gain from misinformation, and that's the grain of salt you take when reading information from media outlets. Does this interpretation of the info favor conservatives? Is this a conservative media outlet? Think about those things. Look for eye witness accounts, as they can only be at least as reliable as mass media.

12. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I use multiple sources and always try to think about whether it's biased or not. Politico.com, Factcheck.org, and Politifact.com are a few of my sources that I use a lot, as well as local news from multiple sources. I hate both extremes and try to be as level-headed as possible. I hate being labeled as anything, especially in politics. One of the biggest issues with politics today is how partisan it is. Both sides used to be able to talk to each other and resolve issues. That is clearly not the case anymore and keeps getting worse. Getting re-elected is far more important than serving the people. http://www.factcheck.org/2016/08/trumps-revised-911-claim/

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Landon for 911 why do over 2000 world wide engineer and architect all agree its was not the reality? http://www.ae911truth.org/

16. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

SYSTEM_LORD thats because most ppl are easy to fool with crap on tv ect and dont know how to double check. Also a big issue with today media is all those news based on unverifiable source ( anonymous official and all ) How can you trust any news you cannot double check the source is beyond me.

14. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

And they will create their own 'credible' fact checkers, and such to counter, the whole 'fake new' has been going on for ages before we even named it fake news like now due to Trump. Google will likely simply be branded to belong to (viewpoint) side and it will continue, until it affects business' at which point google will feel need to include both views 'facts'

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Smells wikipedia-like, smells mind shaping bussiness. Anything that will not go along with mainstream media/ facts will most likely be tag as faked. There will often be lunatics die-hard fanatics that will put all they fate into search giant hands without actually investigating it.

10. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Right. Google, as objective and fair as they claim to be, are very liberal and support that ideology. I'm an independent, so I have nothing to gain from either side and thus can call each out for their garbage. Google isn't some fair and equal moderator, they will tag anything that doesn't fit the national agenda.

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Well said SL. "they will tag anything that doesn't fit the national agenda"

21. willk

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Why don't they just have minders watching over us when we are using the internet. This is getting so Orwellian.

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