Google is continuing its attempt to fight fake news by making its “Fact Check” label available for search results.
The company also is expanding the label in Google News worldwide after introducing the feature in certain countries in October.
The label “identifies articles that include information fact checked by news publishers and fact-checking organizations,” Google said in a blog post Friday.
The fact-check labels won’t be available on all articles and results, just the ones that have been fact-checked. When you search for something, the resulting “snippet” will show information about “the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim,” the company said.
Google’s battle against fake news is in the spotlight as the world’s largest search engine, along with Facebook (the world’s largest social network) deal with their part in the proliferation of fake news during the U.S. presidential election — and afterward.
Both Google and Facebook have said they want to keep purveyors of fake news from profiting from it, so they are trying to keep such people and publications from placing ads through their networks, although it’s unclear how well the effort is working. (Some say it isn’t.)
Above: Screen shot showing Fact Check from Google