While fake news isn’t exactly a new problem, it’s starting to become a serious problem due to how quickly information spreads in this day and age, leading to various tech companies such as Google and Microsoft to roll out features to help users identify what websites/articles in search results might be real or fake.
For Google’s part, they’ve added tags that identify whether an article has been fact-checked, and it looks like recently the company has decided to further combat fake news by announcing a partnership with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). According to Google, “As a nonpartisan organization, IFCN is committed to promoting excellence in fact checking and building a community of fact checkers around the world.”
The company adds that with this new partnership, it should expand on their ability to fact-check articles. “Increasing the number of verified fact checkers through a combination of efforts, ranging from holding global fact check workshops to offering coaching and stipends for new fact checking organizations. Ultimately, these partners can help make sure that the content on Google Search and Google News has been accurately fact checked.”
That being said this fight against fake news is probably something that will continue to grow and evolve over time, but hopefully with these new tools and features, Google is making it easier for users to identify content that might be faked or partially inaccurate to help users make more informed decisions.