People who want to get all the facts on a subject or news story might find them faster thanks to a new move by Google. The company revealed this week it has started labeling certain news stories with its new “fact check” tag on both its website and in the Google News and Weather apps on Android and iOS platforms.
Google describes how it determines which online news stories get the “fact check” tag:
Google News determines whether an article might contain fact checks in part by looking for the schema.org ClaimReview markup. We also look for sites that follow the commonly accepted criteria for fact checks. Publishers who create fact-checks and would like to see it appear with the “Fact check” tag should use that markup in fact-check articles.
Google points out that fact checking articles have become more and more popular. More than 100 active sites are now looking into stories to make sure they have accurate information about science, health, the media and, yes, politics. In this election year, “fact checking” has become a bullet point for both the people who are running for office as well as journalists and other groups who want to separate the real story from the wild claims and accusations.
Will this new fact checking label in Google News be helpful to you, especially now with less than a month to go before the U.S. Presidential Elections are held?