For months preceding the U.S. Presidential election in the fall of 2016, fake news reports abounded on every media outlet around the world that were politically motivated and completely untrue.
These reports left American voters and the rest of the world confused as to what they should believe so many resorted to trusted intermediary fact-checkers like PolitiFact which is a website that uses a “Truth-O-Meter” to rate the accuracy of statements made by various political candidates, pundits and others. Snopes is another popular internet source to which many turn for verifying misinformation, as well as rumors, myths and folklore.
Google has stepped up efforts to combat fake news in internet search results by including “fact-check tabs” on its search engine. When clicked on, the fact-check tab will show information about the claims made as well as who made them and fact-checking results based on submissions by over 100 fact-checking authorities, including PolitiFact, Scopes and any other organizations or individuals that qualify as “publishers that are algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information….”
The feature was initially introduced in the U.S. and U.K. in October 2016 and a few other countries in early 2017, but has now launched globally to help distinguish between true and fake news in internet search results.
Google, Facebook and other popular websites are stepping up efforts to help distinguish between fact and fiction and hopefully more will join the effort to identify and ultimately eliminate fake news report altogether. More Information