With the thousands of articles being posted online every day, it can be extremely difficult to tell what’s true and what’s false. Now, Google is looking to help users better identify true and fake news with new fact-checking labels.
The new Fact Check tag was for Google News stories only, but Google is expanding it into Search globally and for all languages. Basically, this shows that the information in the article has been fact-checked either by a news organization or a fact-checking organization, such as Snopes or PolitiFact.
“For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page. The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.”
It’s worth noting that this isn’t fact-checked by Google. It’s fact checked by news organizations and fact-checking organizations. That said, you may see the same article posted on the Web at two different sources, with one source rated as true and the other as fake. This is because the organizations that fact-checked the two articles reached different conclusions.
So, with that in mind, this fact-checking flag isn’t a definitive feature for naming something as true or false — it’s simply there to help you make a more informed decision on what is true or false.