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SEPTEMBER 2020

Google Launches Global News Checking System

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BBC, CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times and others will verify reliability of information for the Google search and news services.

Google Launches Global News Checking System

Photo: Flickr / Robert Scoble

On Friday, the Google Corporation will add to its search and news services a mechanism for verifying information, the Verge information website reported.

According to the website, Google will use links to special sources that verify reliability of information, for example, PolitiFact and Snopes, and display on a screen whether a statement is true or not.

According to other reports, any media will have a chance to join the project and ‘check’ news if the algorithm identifies them as an authoritative source of information. The list of evaluators of news’ authenticity has already included BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times and 111 other companies.

The Verge’s article is accompanied by a screenshot with an example of this function. The query line says: “27 million people enslaved.” Below the search line we can read: “Fact check by PolitiFact: Mostly true,” and see a link to a confirmatory article.

Google Launches Global News Checking System

Photo: theverge.com (click to see the full-size image)

The website noted that the newly introduced function of Google will attract attention of Internet users to fact-checking organizations, but it will not help fight spread of ‘fake’ news on the Google platform.

Founder of the 20K League consulting company, operating in the field of cybersecurity, Jeffrey Carr, noted that the news checking, which is being introduced by Google, will not allow blocking of false information.

“I believe that this measure is extremely incorrect, and it will not last for a long time,” the expert, who is an author of a number of books on cybersecurity and an initiator of a project to organize conferences with participation of specialists in this field, told the RIA Novosti news agency.

According to Carr, the Google initiative is a “trick.” He noted that “it will not prevent dissemination of any kind of information – true and false, proven or erroneous.”

“The only solution to this problem is to encourage people to approach news critically, but it seems that no one is going to do it, because you will not get money for that,” Carr noted.

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