Google announced late last week that it would be expanding its Fact Check tag. This was first introduced last October, but only on Google News and in a small number of countries. At the time, the Internet giant company was joined in its task by Jigsaw. Now, Google stated that it would be extending this tag to include both its Google News and some Search results.
The Fact Check Tag Should Start Being Generally Available In Both News And Search
According to Google, its “Fact Check” tag should include information that has been fact checked by both organizations specialized in this area and by news publishers. Following the received feedback, the company reportedly decided to expand this service. As such, this will become globally available, across all supported languages. Also, it will start being used in Search results, as well. Initially, it was only introduced for Google News.
The company states that, from now on, as the user conducts a search, they will receive an ‘authoritative result’ which contains fact checked data. One that has been verified by one or more public claims. In its statement, Google stated that:
“The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.”
However, Google also stated that this tag wouldn’t be available for quite ‘every search result’. Also, as the facts are verified by multiple publishers, these may also reach different conclusions for the same claims. The company emphasized that the ‘fact checks are not Google’s’. As it is, they are reportedly presented so that people can make ‘more informed judgments’.
Google considers that its readers and users will find it easier to make an informed decision as they note who considers what, even when the various publishers reach different conclusions on the same fact. As such, people should allegedly have ‘an easier time’ assessing and reviewing such fact checks.
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