Google-IFCN to Train More Fact-checkers Globally

Google partners with Poynter to train more news fact checkers globally, so content on Search and News has been accurately fact checked.

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Building online trust by empowering searchers around the world with an ability to quickly understand the truthness about the information through a new features called, "Fact Check" tag that show people if the article is verified or debunked a claim, statistic or statement by news publisher or fact check ogranization. Now, to support the work of these fact checking organizations, Google entered in to a partnership with International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute.

IFCNs' code of principles for fact check organizations is widley accepted by signatories that range from, Associated Press, Washington Post, PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, Correctiv (Germany), Aos Fatos (Brazil), and Africa Check.

Support of IFCN will provide tools and training to build more fact checkers around the world, with thousands of fact check articles now appearing on Google in Search results, Google News, and across the open web.

Google Fact-check tag result

Key areas of Google-IFCN partnership, include:

  • Grow number of verified fact checkers by offering coaching and stipends for new fact checking organizations through global fact check workshops.
  • Expand fact checking to more countries, by "translating Code of Principles into ten languages and ensuring credible fact checkers can apply to participate in the IFCN community."
  • Provide access to fact-checking tools at no cost.
  • Provide trainings and access to engineering time bank, where volunteer will develop new fact-checking software to boost efficiency at the annual Global Fact-Checking Summit.

"Fact checking articles—when a journalist looks at one single statement or issue and either verifies or debunks it—is important in today's climate because it helps readers better understand viral news stories and relevant issues."

At the SMX East, Googles' Gary Illyes said they won't tell when the mobile-first index roll out is done, In fact, it is already rolled out to some sites, but will be going incredibly slow. "The mobile-first index has started to slowly roll out, at least for a "few sites," said Illyes.

For these sites, Googles' "classifiers" identifies how ready a site is for mobile-first index by determining content, links, schema, multimedia, etc — when a site has a 100 percent level, it's more likely at a mobile-first indexing stage, while a 80 percent level will need to wait and Google will communicate the webmaster about the specific changes require to be done for getting to 100 percent.