Google’s New Fact Checker Aims to Stamp Out Fake News ‘Before it Causes Trouble’

Monday, April 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

Google’s fact-checker aims to detect fake news stories with the help of an algorithm, Zoe Cairns, an expert at UK-based ZC Social Media, told Radio Sputnik.

On Friday, Google announced plans to apply its “Fact Check” feature to its Google News service. The new feature will assess the truthfulness of a news item using third-party fact-checkers.

“Even though differing conclusions may be presented, we think it’s still helpful for people to understand the degree of consensus around a particular claim and have clear information on which sources agree,” Google stated in a blog post.

Google has joined forces with 115 fact-checking organizations which have been algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information, including the BBC, NPR and PolitiFact.

Zoe Cairns, an expert at UK-based ZC Social Media, told Radio Sputnik that Google’s fact-checker will use an algorithm that operates in a similar way to the Facebook’s third-party fact checker.

“They are going to use an algorithm that will allow the system to go through and check the source it has come from, the reach that it has already had and the key words,” Cairns said.

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