Facts are an important component of journalism, but on the internet, it sometimes seems like anything can be a “fact.” Google has decided to do its part by label News articles.
The latest Google News tag, “Fact check,” will look like any of its others: Local source, Opinion, In-Depth, and others. It is first being rolled out to the US—which really needs it the most as the presidential election is plagued with “facts”—and the UK.
“Over the last several years, fact checking has come into its own,” says Google News head Richard Gingras. “Led by organizations like the International Fact-Checking Network, rigorous fact checks are now conducted by more than 100 active sites, according to the Duke University Reporter’s Lab. They collectively produce many thousands of fact-checks a year, examining claims around urban legends, politics, health, and the media itself.”
This is good news for News. And that’s a fact.