Google News Rolls Out ‘Fact Check’ Label

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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.

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“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.

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