So-called fake news and the exploitation of Google, Facebook and Twitter for the promotion of false narratives during the 2016 presidential election have given these companies a black eye. All of them have now taken corrective measures, including deploying fact-checking mechanisms to identify false claims.
Adding to those efforts, this morning Google is announcing a partnership with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which was launched by The Poynter Institute in 2015. The nonpartisan entity seeks to promote fact-checking best practices, which other organizations adopt and abide by. These include The Washington Post, Associated Press, PolitiFact and Factcheck.org, among others.
The new Google-IFCN initiative will seek to do the following:
The objective is to identify and weed out dubious or malicious claims online in general, but specifically in Google Search and on Google News. Fact checking is not a cure for the manipulation of the news, but it’s a critical tool in helping people recognize credible journalism.
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