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Google Fact Checking Feature

Google Fact Check

Google rolled out a new tool on Friday that will highlight articles in its search and news results that have been fact checked. Now, when a search query returns a result that has been reviewed, Google will display who made the claim and if a third party organization has found it to be true, false or somewhere in between. The search giant isn’t doing its own fact checking, but rather relying on nonpartisan websites like Politifact and Snopes that work to assess the veracity of statements made by public officials and news organizations. The fact check snippet also includes a link so users can provide feedback in case they think something is wrong. The change comes months after Google faced criticism, along with Facebook, for spreading fake news and offensive misinformation. Google came under fire late last year for returning a Neo-Nazi site as a top result when searching for information about whether the Holocaust happened.

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