Google is following Facebook in providing fact-check articles with greater visibility in order to help users distinguish misinformation from reliable information.
The search engine giant has unveiled a new feature that places “Fact Check” tags and ratings alongside links to articles from recognized fact-checking entities when those articles are included in Google News search results. The search results will include a snippet showing the source of the claim that is being fact-checked, the fact-check entity rating that claim, and the determination of the fact-checker.
For example, if you search Google News for info about a woman’s training squirrels to attack her ex-boyfriend, Google will bring up a Snopes article indicating that story to be false:
“These fact checks are not Google’s and are presented so people can make more informed judgments,” Google said. “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.”
Google is not paying fact-checking organizations for being part of this effort, and a Google spokeswoman said articles tagged with the new fact-check label would not be ranked differently in search results.
The company said the label will be reserved for search results regarding addressable public claims of fact and will not be applied to opinions.