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Over the last couple of months, Google ant Facebook have attracted a lot of attention over the platforms fake news related problems as both of the companies have a significant role in the spread of the fake news. While the social media and search engine leaders learned about the fake news issues, the companies didn’t take any measure to protect users and understandably, both of them received a lot of criticisms. However, it seems that both of the companies are planning on becoming strict when it comes to fake news related issues as both of the companies recently announced different measures to fight the problem.
Earlier on Friday, Google announced that they’ll include a tag in the news related search results to indicate if a result was fact checked by other sources to let users know the reliability of the source. However, given that not all news search results can be fact checked, most of the viral news stories will contain the newly announced feature to get better and reliable news stories.
While it’s a good approach to stop the viral trends, Google most of the time isn’t so much responsible for the viral news trend as much as Facebook. With the large user base, often times, Facebook at times is responsible for spreading false news stories with users’ unintended sharing of misinformation. However, recently, the social networking platform introduced an educational project that intends to help people identify fake news stories. While the feature is only available to 14 countries as of now, the company is planning on introducing the project to other countries. While, Facebook will not interfere directly with the fake news stories like Google, the platform intends to make it difficult for fake publisher to make money using fake stories.
It will be interesting to see if two of the leading internet brands actually be able to stop the problem and provide a better user experience in the coming days.