Google has announced changes to Search and News in order to help people spot misinformation online and to support the fact-checking ecosystem in the long run. It will provide users with simple tools for fact-checking information and sources. The search giant will provide information and tips on how to use the online fact-checking tools, as well as how to check whether a source is trustworthy on a topic.
Determining which information is reliable and how to deal with this situation can be difficult. On the occasion of International Fact-Checking Day on April 2, Google is releasing new features with the goal of providing accurate information and emphasising the importance of fact-checking in today’s complex information environment. It’s helpful to have easy-to-use tools to check sources, get valuable context, and evaluate information to do this efficiently. Here are four ways to use Google to assist you:
According to Google When news breaks or a new topic becomes popular, the information you’re looking for may not be widely available yet. In these cases, Search will display a notice on your search results informing you 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 over the world. These notices will include tips to help you evaluate information online on searches in English in the United States. One can also visit the new resource page, which includes pointers based on research from information literacy experts to help you navigate the information you find online. Here you’ll find handy reminders for when you come across new information, such as searching for the author of a piece of content to assess their credibility or double-checking the publication date to ensure it’s still current.
Google has also introduced a new feature that will help you find stories that have been frequently cited by other news outlets, making it easy to find the most useful or relevant information for a news story. Therefore allows you to see the original story, which had a special meaning.
Top Stories will feature this label. You can find it on anything from an investigative article to an interview, an announcement, a press release, or a local news story, as long as other publishers link to it. The well-known label will launch on mobile in English in the United States soon, followed by a global rollout in the coming weeks.
Another way to quickly find information that has been verified by independent fact-checking organisations is to use Google’s fact-checking features. You may see fact-check articles in your search results if you search for a topic that is debatable. These results show snippets to help you understand the context of a claim. Furthermore, when using Google News on a desktop, you can see recently fact-checked claims from independent publishers in your area when they are related to the top stories of the day. Google’s Fact Check Explorer allows you to look up information on a variety of topics and lets you double-check the facts on a topic or story you heard about.
The About this Result has already been added to Google Search. This tool can be utilised to find out more about the website that originally published the story. To do so click the “more about this page” link when you tap the three dots on any search result to:
- Learn about the source to get a sense of how they describe themselves.
- To get a second opinion on a website, look at what others have said about it on the internet.
- Learn more about the topic, such as recent news coverage, to see what a variety of sources have to say.
- These features will be available for all English-language searches around the world in the near future.
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