Google will flag fake news stories in search results
Google have become more vigilant over fake news. Company introduced a small breakout box, named fact check tag, in search results. Now if someone asks for any information about the highly contested subject, Google will serve a page from a fact checker site at the top of your results.
After that they’ll be surface the result from publishers like PolitiFact and snopes and will show information about the claim like who made the claim and it is true or not.
“These fact checks are not Google’s and presented so people can make more informed judgments,” the company said in a blog post.
Moreover, to become a Fact Checker, sites have to meet up the certain criteria that includes using the Scheme.org Claim Review 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 will determine that they are an authoritative source of information or not.
“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.”
This move is the result of severe criticism over the inability to tackle fake news and misinformation. Google has been one of the companies under fire and has been making moves to improve how it tackles such content.