Google's fight against fake news boosted with "fact check" tag

Google had earlier hinted on employing "quality raters" to better spot inaccurate and offensive information, thereby eliminating such from search result pages. Now, the search giant is expanding use of the feature, by adding "fact check" labels to some of the results in its search results.

The search results will now feature a snippet that verify an information is actually from whom it claim, and who fact-checked it.

While, the search giant introduced the fact check label for Google News in a few countries, it will be expanding the use of the tag in search, as well as on Google News in every other country where it's available.

The spread of misinformation has been a high-profile problem for Web companies, especially following the U.S. elections, with Facebook launching "disputed tag" flagging system for fake news, which tags hoax stories as “disputed” using non-partisan third parties to assess the factual accuracy of stories.

For the fact check labels by Google, the company said there may not be just one definitive answer to a claim, as fact-checkers from different organizations might reach different conclusions.

Albeit, differing conclusions may be presented, "it's still helpful for people to understand the degree of consensus around a particular claim and have clear information on which sources agree", stated
Justin Kosslyn, product manager for Jigsaw, and Cong Yu, a research scientist at Google Research, in a blog post.
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