Considering the fact that the election campaign is at its peak, everybody needs a fact checking feature which could guarantee the accuracy of the news. Google has recently made public the information regarding the update of fact checking. It is claimed that the new feature of Google News will be situated on the topics section that will select data which was fact-checked. On Google’s Keyword blog, it was announced that this new label would be implemented in details box on news.google.com and it can also be used on Android and iOS platforms.
The company has argued that Google News users will be asked to add another line code to read the fact checking articles which were released on the net. They will also need to comply to set of regulations imposed by Google. A lot of instructions asserted that readers would need to realize what information was fact-checked and what were the conclusions. The analyses of the articles regarding sources need to imply transparency, by providing references to the sources which were used and also citations if needed.
Other news sites which already adopted the idea of fact checking are PolitiFact and UK-based Full Fact. These tags may appear for readers of Google News as soon as the last presidential discussion is issued on October 19. If a candidate will correctly name a fact during the debate, then a PolitiFact article which had first underwent fact checking would be listed in Google News. This will appear only if reporters refer to Donald Trump’s or Hillary Clinton’s statements.
The new markup will not revoke specious stories from being written on Google News. What the markup will do will be to denigrate the unrealistic news when the topic will display on Google News. Based on the information provided by schema.org, approximately 10 domains are using this new update. What is more, Twitter and Facebook have also joined the worldwide news networks to reduce and annihilate the broadcast of fictitious news, not only for all search engines but also on social media sites.
We are all aware that not all information which is continuously spreading on the net is valid. Besides from articles with tendentious titles, confused opinions displayed as facts and incomplete researches, there is also news which distributes fragmentary or incorrect data.
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