Tech News: Google News to Prioritize Fact-Checked Stories

By MSIDD, Posted: 10/19/16 06:10AM EDT

Google News collected stories from various sources identifying them via labels like "highly cited," "opinion," "in depth" and now, "fact check" is also included in this list. This new update to the popular news aggregator inevitably encourages the spread of accurate news online.

With this significant development, Google has launched an assault on false, misleading and irrelevant and improper news articles online by introducing a new feature that will fact check stories on its News section.

Google began labeling types of blogs and articles seven years ago to make it easy for readers to access wide verities of content. Earlier in the year, however, it added a "Local Source" tag for highlighting local coverage of the main topics.

Google's algorithms also regulate which articles may contain fact checks using the ClaimReivew markup in code. This is an effective method for structuring data in the back-end of a website so that machines and software can easily read it.

This update comes when concern is growing all over the world about the truth of articles published and promoted online. Facebook often come under fire for endorsing fake news after users found its news section contained inaccurate, improper and possibly offensive stories.

It is certainly a big step taken by the Google and it surely stops encourage irrelevant or misleading content from the internet and internet users will get accurate and correct information about the different search topics.

In other Google search news, Search Engine Land mentioned that Google soon likely to favor its mobile search index over the desktop. Google is going to develop a separate mobile index in the coming months. This new mobile index will be the primary' index that the search engine uses to respond to the queries send by the users. However, the desktop index will remain but won't be updated as frequently as the mobile one.

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