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Google is bringing a new feature to its popular search engine. Its system will have a ‘Fact Check’ label on its image search results to verify the visual content, starting from today.

The Fact Check label can be found on the image thumbnails in the image search category and will search as a verification effort in Search and news. According to a statement from Google, “Photos and videos are an incredible way to help people understand what’s going on in the world. But the power of visual media has its pitfalls⁠—especially when there are questions surrounding the origin, authenticity, or context of an image.”

In other words, the new feature arrives to help people differentiate between authentic searches and unknown and possibly misleading sources. These labels will also help users make informed decisions regarding the content that they wish to see. Google also shared an example of this through its official Twitter handle. Say, someone, search Google Images for a shark swimming down the street in Houston, a fact check label will be attached below it, verifying the content.

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 Is that image of a shark swimming down a street in Houston real? Google Images now has "Fact Check" labels to help inform you in some cases like this (no, it was not real). Our post today explains more about how & when fact checks appear in Google Images: blog.google/products/searc

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If a user clicks on the image to expand it, the fact checked search result will also display a preview of the image alongside a short summary of the information contained within the webpage and where the image is featured. Notably, these fact checks are present only on independent, authoritative sources and it is currently unknown what criteria a publisher needs in order to receive to also fall under this category. An algorithm determines trustable sources and offers the label.

[Source: This article was published in gizmochina.com By Sean - Uploaded by the Association Member: Edna Thomas]

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Google is bringing fact check information to image search results worldwide starting today.

Google is adding “Fact Check” labels to thumbnails in image search results in a continuation of its fact check efforts in Search and News.

“Photos and videos are an incredible way to help people understand what’s going on in the world. But the power of visual media has its pitfalls⁠—especially when there are questions surrounding the origin, authenticity or context of an image.”

This change is being rolled out today to help people navigate issues around determining the authenticity of images, and make more informed decisions about the content they consume.

When you see certain pictures in Google Images, such as a shark swimming down the street in Houston, Google will attach a “Fact Check” label underneath the thumbnail.

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Is that image of a shark swimming down a street in Houston real? Google Images now has "Fact Check" labels to help inform you in some cases like this (no, it was not real). Our post today explains more about how & when fact checks appear in Google Images: https://www.blog.google/products/search/bringing-fact-check-information-google-images/ …

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After tapping on a fact-checked result to view a larger preview of the image, Google will display a summary of the information contained on the web page where the image is featured.

A “Fact Check” label will only appear on select images that come from independent, authoritative sources on the web. It’s not exactly known what criteria a publisher needs to meet in order to be considered authoritative.

According to a help page, Google uses an algorithm to determine which publishers are trusted sources.

Google also relies on ClaimReview structured data markup that publishers are required to use to indicate fact check content to search engines.

Fact Check labels may appear both for fact check articles about specific images and for fact check articles that include an image in the story.

 

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, Google already highlights fact checks in regular search results and Google News. YouTube also utilizes ClaimReview to surface fact check information panels in Brazil, India and the U.S.

Google says its fact check labels are surfaced billions of times per year.

While adding ClaimReview markup is encouraged, being eligible to serve a Fact Check label does not affect rankings. This goes for Google Search, Google Images, Google News, and YouTube.

 [Source: This article was published in searchenginejournal.com By Matt Southern - Uploaded by the Association Member: Olivia Russell]

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