After launching the beta test in October, Google has officially rolled out its fact check program on its search pages.
Whenever Google fact-checks a news story, that search will be placed at the very top of the search results. It will always tell users what the claim is, who claimed it, and what a fact-checking organization determined about that claim.
But the thing is, the fact-checked results won’t be available unless you specifically type in a repeated claim, as opposed to a question. If you search for “how many undocumented immigrants are in the United States,” normal search results will appear. But searching specifically for “34 million undocumented immigrants” will bring up a fact-check box that credits President Donald Trump with that claim, along with a direct link to Politifact’s “pants on fire” fact-check rating.
Google and other companies have been taking these steps after he menace of fake news took center stage during the US presidential elections. Facebook and Google were at the heart of the problem and the social media giant also started to flag fake news articles in news feed about a month ago.