Google is launching a “Fact Check” feature inside of its search engine and news platform, the company announced this week.
“Access to high quality information is what drives people to use the web and for contributors to continue to engage and invest in it,” says Justin Kosslyn, a product manager for Jigsaw, an incubator within Alphabet that builds technology to tackle global security challenges. “After assessing feedback from both users and publishers, we’re making the Fact Check label in Google News available everywhere, and expanding it into Search globally in all languages.”
For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns” an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims,” you will see that information on the search results page.
“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,” says Cong Yu, a research scientist for Google. “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.”