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Google Rolls Out News Fact Checker

Olivia Long - October 14, 2016 - 10:38 AM
Google Rolls Out News Fact Checker
Google has unveiled a news feature that lets readers fact check articles.

(CCM) — On Wednesday, Google announced on its blog the rolling out of Fact Checker, a feature in its News section that allows readers to verify the information in big news stories. When browsing Google News stories, users will henceforth be able to consult fact checked sources — denoted by the words, "Full Fact" — to support other listed articles. "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," wrote Richard Gingras, Head of News at Google.

Google employs a dual-action plan to determine the factuality of an article: it considers both an article's schema.org ClaimReview rating as well as a website's tendency to follow "the commonly accepted criteria for fact checks." (Schema.org ranks individual articles based on a variety of factors, including subject matter, readability, and intended audience.) Users will see the new Fact Check tag in the expanded story box on news.google.com as well as in the Google News & Weather iOS and Android apps, beginning in the U.S. and the U.K.

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