Poynter: Google is Building a Search Engine for Fact Checks

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Poynter, in an article by Daniel Funke, reports that the Google News Initiative has launched a fact-checking content tool (in Beta), which reveals findings from fact-checkers like Snopes and PolitiFact (which is owned by Poynter). Google research scientist Cong Yu is quoted: “The goal here is to have fact-checking journalists have an easier job of locating all the work that fact-checkers have done on a specific topic…For users, it’s if you want to know more about a certain topic.” Additionally:

In mid-September, [Google] launched a beta dataset search that helps journalists surface relevant data for their stories.

…Google has also launched a form that improves upon the ClaimReview markup, which is essentially a few lines of code that fact-checkers add to their articles so that the platform’s crawlers can pick them up. 

…For now, only a handful of fact-checkers and journalists can contribute to the new fact-checking tools…But in 2019, [Yu] hopes to make the feature available to the general public.

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