Properly fact-checked news articles will from now on appear with a label on Google News as part of the latest changes announced by Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL). The validation label will appear as an expanded details box on both the desktop version of Google News as well as on mobile platforms. The fact-check tag joins existing news tags such as ‘in-depth’, highly cited and ‘Opinion’ that readers have become accustomed to on search results.
The fact-check tag according to Google will allow readers to focus on articles that are accurate in terms of facts. The timing of the new feature could not have been better as voters in the US continue to question ‘facts’ published by various news outlets ahead of the presidential election next month.
“We’re excited to see the growth of the Fact Check community and to shine a light on its efforts to divine fact from fiction, wisdom from spin. Today, we’re adding another new tag, “Fact Check,” to help readers find fact checking in large news stories.” Google in a statement.
Publishers will have to add a new line of code on their fact checked articles so that readers who want to read only fact-checked articles can be able to do so with ease. Google News on its part will rely on a two-pronged algorithm to ascertain fact-checked articles.
Expected Fact-Check Tag Impact
The markup will not disqualify any false stories from Google News. However, such stories would be discredited from the portal allowing readers to easily select the kind of material they wish to read.
Ahead of the next presidential debate on October 19, only less than 10 domains have adopted the new markup. However, the figure the same is expected to change, as that is the only way sites will be able to attract credible traffic.
While the feature will not make it hard for false stories to rise above Google News, it could make it a little bit harder given that most people don’t like lies.
Alphabet stock closed Thursday’s session on the read having tanked by 0.95% to $804.08 a share.
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