Google Search gets new tools to fight misinformation
Google search gets a “highly cited” tag in the Top stories section, allowing readers to understand the origins of news articles. The search giant will also provide other relevant information to readers. This “highly quoted” tag will appear above the news article preview image under Top news.
Google said it would “identify articles frequently cited by other news outlets” to determine which articles get the label. The changes will appear on Google Search mobile (in English) in the United States. According to Google, a global rollout will take place in the “coming weeks”.
“You’ll be able to find it on anything, whether it’s an investigative article, an interview, an announcement, a press release or a local report, as long as other publishers indicate its relevance by linking to it,” Google said in a statement. blog post (via 9to5Google).
Google search also gets an automatic notification feature when people search for hot topics or breaking news. This feature will allow users to check if a source is reliable “or come back later when there is more information available”.
YouTube previously banned Russian-affiliated media
Google has taken several steps over the past few years to curb the spread of misinformation. However, this was not entirely successful. Meanwhile, platforms such as Facebook, TikTok and others are also fighting misinformation on their platforms.
Earlier this week, Google issued a warning to publishers, threatening them with demonetization if they produce content that “exploits, rejects or condones” the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Prohibited content also includes “allegations that imply that victims are responsible for their own tragedy or similar instances of victim blaming, such as allegations that Ukraine is committing genocide or deliberately attacking its own citizens.”
Previously, YouTube banned some Russian-affiliated organizations, citing fears of propaganda and misinformation. This came after several platforms banned these organizations from serving ads. Additionally, European Union regulators have called for pro-Russian media organizations to be removed from Google search results. Although misinformation has run rampant in recent years, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has undoubtedly exacerbated the problem.
Google is also doing its part to support fact checkers globally. The company partners with the non-profit Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network (IFCN). Google said the partnership will bring “training and resources” to fact checkers around the world.