Fake news has become a major problem of the internet nowadays. It affects big tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google too much. All of them are somehow trying to bring in ways to alert the users about fake news. Twitter achieves this by labeling tweets as “manipulated media”. Facebook also brought its tools but that isn’t of much use either. Now, Google has brought forth a new feature in its Search to alert users about fake news.
At the recently held Google I/O 2021, Google mentioned a new feature in Search called the “About this Result”. Through this option, the users will get to know more about particular information sources. Wikipedia has teamed up with Google for this. There will be a Wikipedia link for a particular site, and it will also show the description of the site.
Google wrote in a blog post, “Based on Wikipedia’s open editing model, which relies on thousands of global volunteers to add content, these descriptions will provide the most up-to-date verified and sourced information available on Wikipedia about the site. If it’s a site you haven’t heard of before, that additional information can give you context or peace of mind, especially if you’re looking for something important like health or financial information.”
Just in case, the site doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, Google will show other reliable information such as when the site was first indexed by Google. Also, using HTTPS protocols, the users would know whether their connection to the site is secure or not.
This feature is already available in the US since February 2021. Now, it is being launched for all the users later this month. As of now, only English language results will have this feature but other languages will be included soon. This will be available on Android mobile and desktop as of now.