Google Busts Fake News

January 22, 2018

Ever since fake news stories swamped the 2016 election and other events in 2017, the powers that be have pressured Google and other news sources to stop all the fake headlines.  Soyacincau shares how Google plans to make take down the fall information in the article, “This Is How Google’s Clamping Down On Fake News.”  Google has partnered with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to ensure that its search results and news stories are accurate.

What exactly is the IFCN?

The IFCN is a nonpartisan organization run by The Poynter Institute that advocates accuracy in online articles, and they hold an annual fact-checking conference, alongside funding fellowships and training for would-be fake news busters. Google has plans to work with them in a handful of ways to help fix the fake news epidemic, one being to offer free fact-checking tools, expanding their code of principles into new regions and generally increasing the number of verified fact-checkers worldwide.

Google is really taking the lead in quashing fake news. They will host workshops, coaching, and financial assistance for new fact-checking organizations.  They also plan to translate IFCN’s code of principles into ten languages, provide training sessions, and access to an engineering time bank.  Google partnered with Snopes and Politifact in the past, but the fake news keeps coming.  Hopefully, this will have an impact.

Whitney Grace, January 22, 2018

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