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Google will identify fake news in its search engine

A total of 115 “fact checkers” are currently participating in this initiative.

Users of the Google search engine will now be able to see, from the results screen, if an information has been verified and its degree of reliability, a new tool in the fight against false information.

The system is limited to the titles of certain information that have been subject to verification by specialized sites such as Snopes and PolitiFact, or by fact-checking teams from media such as The Washington Post.

Queries about the possible similarity between the immigration decree of Donald Trump and Barack Obama, or the statements of the director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on climate change, for example, make the verification results with these mentions appear quite high. , depending on the case: “false”, “essentially false” or “true”.

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The sites used to inform the user of the checks carried out on information must have been approved by Google, the company said in a message posted on one of its blogs on Friday.

A total of 115 “fact checkers” are currently participating in this initiative.

“By making these verifications more visible in search results, we believe it will be easier for people to examine and evaluate them and then come up with their own opinion,” Justin Kosslyn, chief product officer at Jigsaw, a subsidiary, wrote in this blog Friday. from Google, and Cong Yu, a researcher at Google Research.

Since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Several internet giants have taken measures to combat false information (“fake news”), which circulates online, especially on social networks.

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On Thursday Facebook announced the publication of a small guide accessible from the user’s news page to “identify false information.”