The impact of ‘fake news’ has been a hot topic this year, with many people arguing that false stories can be used to negatively impact important decisions such as the US election.
Fake news, or hoax news, refers to false information or propaganda published under the guise of being authentic news.
To combat fake news, Google has now rolled out their Fact Check label globally to help us tell the difference between validated and unvalidated news.
When you perform a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page. The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.
It’s important to note that Google has acknowledged that the Fact Check label isn’t coming from them. On their official blog, Google Product Manager Justin Kosslyn stated that “These fact checks are not Google’s and are presented so people can make more informed judgements”.
Instead it indicates that the article includes “information fact checked by news publishers and fact-checking organizations”.
Publishers who want to to have their articles tagged with the fact check label need to include some special HTML tags in their webpages. For more details visit http://schema.org/ClaimReview