Google News Offers New Fact-Check Feature

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Ever wonder if the news stories you read on the Internet are actually true? Well, now you don’t have to thanks to Google. Google has launched a new feature that will give publications the option to highlight articles that have been fact checked and are considered accurate.

The new tag, “Fact check,” is meant to help readers find fact checking in news stories from various publications. According to Google’s Head of News, Richard Gingras, fact checking articles has become very popular and more than 100 active sites are conducting thorough fact checks to make sure the information you are reading is accurate. These sites are examining articles about the media, health, education, and, yes, politics, which could be very helpful this election year.

Be mindful that Google is not manually fact checking your stories; that is still the job of the publication. Google is just giving publishers the opportunity to add the “Fact check” label next to their articles. But there is a strict set of criteria that must be met before Google will allow you to add the “Fact check” label to your work. This is accomplished through following Google’s standards and including the new schema.org markup called ClaimReview.

Google will look for the ClaimReview markup, and will also be looking at sites that already follow common criteria in fact checking to help determine if the article is truthful. If Google discovers a publication is using the markup but does not meet the required criteria, it may remove the site from Google News. This is intended to help separate fact from fiction for readers. Google launched the new feature on Thursday, October 13, available on the web through Google News and Weather iOS and Android apps, starting with the United Stated and the United Kingdom.