Google has released a new “Fact Check” feature that will be available globally in multiple languages.
Now, when you visit Google News or do a Google search on a news topic, the results will be accompanied by a “tag.”
The “tag” indicates which parts of the story are being fact-checked, what entity is responsible for the checking and if it’s been rated “true” or “false”.
With different “fact checkers” assisting the massive search engine site, Google acknowledges that some tags may contain conflicting ratings.
In a blog post, Google writes, “As we make fact checks more visible in Search results, we believe people will have an easier time reviewing and assessing these fact-checks, and making their own informed opinions.”
Publishers must agree to a list of rules if they want to be a part of the program, although Google will also be determining if publishers are “algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information.”
Critics of the move say that truth checking websites like Snopes are highly partisan. Breitbart reports that Snopes fact-checker David Emery showed obvious bias in December of 2016 when he tweeted “Incredibly, some people actually think they have to put words in Trump’s mouth to make him look bad.”
Yet Google and Facebook still use Snopes and other partisan websites to handle their “false” news designations. It is unclear how, if at all, Google will determine the accuracy of their chosen fact checkers.
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