In this fast paced age of digitalization and rapid advancements in technology, we have become reliant on our smartphones for news from around the world. With thousands of media outlets working around the globe, the number of fake news and hoaxes are rising and it becomes almost impossible to believe a certain news due to conflicting reports.
A few days ago Facebook introduced its new tool to help users identify fake news and now Google has followed suit by introducing a new Fact Check service. The service was initially introduced in October last year but was initially designed only for publishers.
However, it seems Google has felt the need to provide this service to every user around the globe. The Fact Check service will appear in Google News as well as Google Search.
It works pretty simply; if you check for any news which has any claims, say a certain amount of people dead, websites like Snopes and Politico will check that information for you and notify you if it’s false.
It’s important to note that you should not expect the Fact Check to appear for every news and especially if different sites have various claims then the situation might get a bit confusing.
Google realizes that it’s not a perfect service but says “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.”
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