On a regular basis, the internet can provide users with disinformation and false news, but if users are unsure of the facts being provided to them, they can test it. Google helps people to search the internet for rumours or false news. Google’s tools can be used to check an article or a photograph. Google has shared tips about how everyone, not just trained fact-checkers, can validate a piece of evidence they are confused about ahead of International Fact-Checking Day on April 2.
In a blog post, Alexios Mantzarlis, Google News’ News and Information Credibility Lead, stated that more than 50,000 new fact checks have appeared on Google Search in the last year, with all fact checks receiving more than 2.4 billion views in that period.
Google discusses how it determines fact-checking on a dedicated help tab. It states that in order to be a reliable source of content, publishers must follow certain criteria, which are defined by an algorithm. The material surrounding fact checks must explain the facts being tested, the findings are drawn, and how they were reached. It also discusses how to use citations and primary sources of data.
Here’s how to spot false news or disinformation on the internet:
Find out more about the source:
Users can learn more about the origins of a post or website by clicking on the three dots to the right of the article, so that the source has checked itself out, according to Google. As of today, this platform is only used in the United States.
Check if an image is authentic:
Several photographs are shared on WhatsApp and Facebook that are not real or are likely to confuse people. Users will verify whether an image is real by right-clicking on it and choosing “Search Google for Image,” according to Google. Tap and keep the image for a few seconds on a mobile device to achieve the same result. Google would then search to see if the picture had been seen before, as well as the background in which it was seen.
Look for more than one source:
Users will look for complete coverage of a news storey by switching to news mode or searching for a subject in Google News, according to Google. Users can see all of the news outlets that have covered the storey by clicking on full coverage.
Use Google’s fact-checker:
Users will search for statements made by news publications and fact checking listed by Google by typing in a keyword. Users searching for a thorough fact check should browse the Fact Check Explorer, which, according to Google, has over 100,000 fact checks from reputable publishers all over the world.
Confirm if an event is taking place in the said location:
Users will search Google Earth or the Street View of a site on Google Maps to see if an incident is actually taking place at that spot, according to Google.