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Feb162017

New Fun Facts About Nature and Animals on Google Search, Fact Check in News Mode

Now finding fun facts about living creatures from around the world on Google Search designed lets you ask about something plants, animals, fruits and veggies. A trivia tidbit is then instantly delivered right at the top of your search results.

Google says the new feature also delivers facts about flowers & plants, and that “some queries have multiple facts.” In simpler terms, users can repeat their search query and gets random search results. So if you’re interested in learning more, “just hit refresh and another fact may surface.”

As you can see, you can look up information like this all day simply by appending “fun facts” to the thing you’re searching for:

Fun Facts Finding in Google Search
Fun Facts Finding in Google Search

Also, available since last October is “Fact Check” tag for people to find fact checked news stories. Soon after, the tag was added in France and Germany, and starting today, its’ available in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina as well.

The fact check tagged articles are displayed in the expanded story box on news.google.com and in the Google News & Weather iOS and Android apps.

Google Search Fact Check in Brazil
Google Search Fact Check in Brazil

Also, the fact check tag is now available on news mode in Search—meaning when a user in these countried do a regular search and click news tab, “the fact check articles will be elevated and annotated with same fact check label that you would see in stories on Google News,” writes Google.

Fact Check in news mode in Search
Fact Check in news mode in Search

Google notes, “CrossCheck,” a joint project involving nearly 20 French newsrooms and First Draft Coalition to debunk myths pertaining to upcoming French elections was launched in the last week.

Additionally, as part of Digital Initiative Fund, Google says, they’ve provided support for more than 10 projects looking at fact checking and authentication, adding six new initiatives at the end of last year.

“We’re able to do this work because the fact check industry itself has grown—there are now more than 120 organizations involved in tackling this issue,” Google writes. Adding, “But our commitment to this area is not new.”

Further, the company said, publishers interested to have their work appear with Fact Check tag, “should use open ClaimReview markup from schema.org in their stories.” Adding this markup allows Google to find these stories and highlight the fact checking work that has gone into them.

For any additional information, you can head on over to help center article.

Update: Google along with other search engine companies including Bing, Yahoo!, are all close to implement anti-pracy code in their search results begining June 1st. Once implements, the code would “effectively eliminate” the presence of links to copyright infringing material in search include Torrents.

“All parties have agreed the code should come into effect by June 1, 2017. This decision was prompted by roundtable discussions led by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office,” Baroness Buscombe said. Adding, “While there are still elements of detail to be settled, the group is now agreed on the key content of the code and I expect an agreement to be reached very soon.”

Baroness continues, “The search engines involved in this work have been very co-operative, making changes to their algorithms and processes, but also working bilaterally with creative industry representatives to explore the options for new interventions, and how existing processes might be streamlined.”

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