Sunday, 28 May 2017

Tech News:Google Rolls Out Fact Checker Feature to War against Fake News.

Just imagine a social media platform where news aren't distorted and exaggerated just to gain attention, where information is correct. The spread of fake news has really gotten slot of people confused about which information they get on the social media is correct. Some Medias have started Waring against this, some  of which includes Facebook and Google

The Search engine giant Google has rolled out an enhanced fact check feature for all searches made on the site from today.

This comes as part of a global move to fight the proliferation of fake news and incorrect information, with rising concern over political and social use of news stories made to mislead the public like I said earlier.


Google has had this fact checking feature on Google News since October 2016 in the US and UK, but it's now been rolled out to its main search engine.

How it Works


The feature provides fact checking sites, such as Snopes and Politifact, with richer snippets in their Google search results highlighting whether a particular news story or internet myth is true of false.

This means that you can see if the news is ‘fake’ without having to actually click through and read the article.


Advantages

It doesn’t do anything to affect the ranking of the articles. If the fact check article would normally show up on page four, it will still show up on page four, just with enhanced information being displayed.

It also won't flag sites which deal in satire, so anyone fooled by those pushing out this type of content will still have to do their own investigative work to realize the web page they're reading is just a bit of fun.

Contributions From Others Against False News.

Facebook Contributions

Facebook introduced a similar, but slightly better, feature back in December 2016 with its ‘Disputed by’ tab appearing at the bottom of posts.

This means that if certain affiliated third parties - including Snopes and Politifact - disagree with a story, a tab appears at the bottom of the share window saying “Disputed by ....”, effectively intercepting the story before it can be read and disseminated.


Government Contributions


On Wednesday, the German government approved a bill that will impose fines on social media sites that fail to remove fake news or hate speech, with the time limits and fines adjusted for how obviously fake it is, and how long it takes to get it removed.



So you can see that there is a serious war against fake news so if you are part of those people cooking up stories, I guess it's time to stop. 


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