Have no idea if the article you searched for is based on facts or not? Well, Google just made it super easy for you to verify all your search queries without much of a hassle.
Google Facts Check is a bold stand taken by Google against dubious and outright ‘fake news’. If you ask for a highly contested subject, Google will serve a page from a fact-checker site at the top of your results. It’s a small breakout box, very much similar to Google recipes and band discographies. With publishers like PolitiFact and Snopes, the information will clearly tell you if the information is true or false.
“These fact checks are not Google’s and presented so people can make more informed judgements,” the company said.
To be recognized as a fact checker, sites will need to meet a rather long set of criteria. That includes using the Schema.org ClaimReview markup on pages where they analyze public statements, or the Share the Facts widget created by Jigsaw and the Duke University Reporters Lab. The content itself must adhere to the Google News General Guidelines, which includes rules about structured data markup, fact-checking, and standards for accountability and transparency. Finally, Google’s algorithms need to determine that they are an authoritative source of information.
“If a publisher or fact check claim does not meet these standards or honor these policies, we may, at our discretion, ignore that site’s markup.”
Now to be very honest, Google’s new solution won’t eradicate the problem, but it will serve as a counterargument when critics claim that it’s failing to act.
“As we make fact checks more visible in Search results, we believe people will have an easier time reviewing and assessing these fact checks, and making their own informed opinions,” the company said.