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Google Gets Facts Straight By Adding News Fact Checker

By October 25, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Technology News

googlexgetsBack in September, President Obama called the news media out for their complacency. In a year marked by an extremely divisive political campaign, people have lamented the fact that many of the nation’s major news outlets are dealing in false equivalency and spin of one flavor or another. It’s creating a climate of misinformation that makes it difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t.

So far, one company has risen to the challenge. Google recently announced that Google News would be adding a new “Fact Check” tag to the stories it presents. This tag will seamlessly join the other tags such as “In-Depth” and “Highly Cited” that the search giant currently uses when displaying news items.

The company hasn’t revealed too much about the inner workings of the display results, but there’s bound to be an element of human curation involved here. Another key piece will be strict adherence to the company’s schema markup guide.

How effective the new tagging scheme will be remains to be seen, but the hope is that it will help cut through a good portion of the clutter, allowing readers to get right to the facts without getting bogged down in too much of the spin. Given the massive number of news stories generated on a daily basis, especially in an election year, anything that can help cut through the fog of misinformation is a welcome change indeed.

It’s no surprise that Google has opted to roll out the new tags in the UK and the US first, since both of those countries are facing a contentious election and a deeply divided electorate. You can bet that major news outlets, eager to gain prime position in Google’s news search results, will begin responding. Depending on just how successful the new tags are, we can expect a global rollout sometime next year.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.