Google Adds Fact Check Tag In Search Results To Flag Fake News

Posted: Apr 7 2017, 11:43am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
Google Adds Fact Check Tag in Search Results to Flag Fake News
  • Google introduces Fact Check Facility to its Otherwise Marvelous Repertoire

Google has introduced a fact check feature in search results globally. This Fact Check flag will help Google stop the spread of fake news.

Google has supplemented its pre-existing menu with a fact check feature in order to allow for the searching of information on a global basis. No more fake news sites will be wasting the valuable time of regular consumers.

Authoritative sources will be entertained by Google’s SERPs from now onwards. All this will be possible thanks to an algorithm. Google will not be doing the fact checking on its own.

"These fact checks are not Google's and presented so people can make more informed judgements," Google stated in an official blog post.

Facebook also made an announcement regarding its initiative to aid people in pinpointing fake news stories. As for Google, it has added the feature on its regular news site.

Only after full and thorough investigation will a politician’s statements be printed on the website. A great deal of painstaking effort will go into ensuring whether the information is based on the truth or just another little white lie.

Yet, and here’s the rub, this algorithm will not harm the sites that spread rumors. Since there has to be some degree of freedom of information allowed on the World Wide Web, this necessary evil is being tolerated by Google.

Everybody has a different tack on the news stories. Some take one side or the other. Others remain in the middle. One cannot say that it is a case of black or white.

Such dictatorial thinking can only harm the spirit of democracy and freedom of opinion that exists as a given right among the citizens of today’s global village. The volume of material that has to be dealt with is enormous. Just tackling it will be a backbreaking task.

Facebook’s head, Mark Zuckerberg has said that he doesn’t want to use human beings in the analysis of which sites are trustworthy and which are patent nonsense. Now Google too is following Zuckerberg’s example and putting all its eggs in the algorithm basket (so to say).

The fact remains though that algorithms are not perfect and remain human constructs that can be deconstructed at a moment’s notice. Just the previous month, Google was offering instant answers with stuff that was beyond one’s rational belief. F

rom now onwards Google will also offer comparisons between opposing sites. While this action may leave people even more dazed, amazed and confused, at least they will be getting both perspectives. They will thus be better able to decide which site to believe in after careful evaluation and sifting of the circumstantial evidence.

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