Google will add features to facilitate fact-checking

A week after Sundar Pichai announced that Google would invest $10 million to help fight misinformation about the realities and facts of the war in Ukraine, and on the eve of International Fact-Checking Day, which will take place this April 2, Google announces several new features.

Google will now offer tips for evaluating online information on English searches in the United States, inspired by a new page of resources based on research from information literacy experts.

The engine will additionally display a new label “ highly cited to help Internet users identify articles frequently quoted by other press outlets, whether it is an investigative article, an interview, an announcement, a press release press or a local report. It will soon launch on mobile in English for the US and will roll out globally in the coming weeks.

Google News on desktop will show fact-checking articles and recently verified claims from independent publishers in your area, when they’re related to the day’s top stories, or topics that may be disputed.

Google also recalls that it also offers a dedicated fact-checks search engine, which already aggregates “ 150,000+ fact checks with reputable publishers around the world “.

The engine will also offer a “ About this result to help users learn more about the site in question, what other websites are saying about it, and the context, “ like news coverage “, of the subject in question. Announced in September 2021, the feature is expected to be “ soon available for all English searches worldwide “.

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