Google Rolls Out Fact Checking on Searches and News

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Google has fully rolled out Fact Check on its search results and news, in an attempt to stop the spread of false information.

The tag was initially announced back in October and was available in the US and the UK. Google has now opened it up to news and search through the globe, in all languages.

Search results show the claim, which source or person said the claim and how accurate that claim is based on the fact-checking. It is not applicable to all the results and Google has said that there may be occasions where there are different Fact Check results for the same claim. It added that it is not judging the validity of the information, but instead websites such as Snopes and PolitiFact will be providing the checks.

Research scientist, Cong Yu, and Jigsaw product manager, Justin Kosslyn, wrote in a blog post: “Even though differing conclusions may be presented, we think it’s still helpful for people to understand the degree of consensus around a particular claim and have clear information on which sources agree. 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.”

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