Google warns users when search results are unreliable

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Google Search users are most vulnerable when a topic is fresh. The reason for this is because fact checking sites have not been able to gather enough research data to verify the authenticity of such report. In most cases, the not-so many reliable sources have not been able to confirm from all parties to such stories. To this end, Google will start warning you when such search results have not been thoroughly verified.

Google Search is now rolling out a new notification for “rapidly evolving” subjects. This notification is to alert you to the fact that the news is still fresh, and that you may need to check back later when more facts have emerged.

The fact that it is important to serve the public only news that has been verified is the reason most reliable news site do “fact check” before going public. When there is a breaking news, people rush to Google Search to look up related keywords. They do this to get more details about the breaking news; and sometimes they become vulnerable to misinformation.

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News sites with the most authentic information about a breaking story may not immediately hit Google’s first page. As a matter of fact, it may take a couple of hours in some cases before they get highlighted by Google Search.

While this new change does not affect the results of your search, it does alert you to the fact that the topic is new, and may take a while for the results to be added to reliable sources. “it looks like these results are changing quickly” and further explaining, “if this topic is new, it can sometimes take time for results to be added by reliable sources.”

The new notification feature is already rolling out in English in the US, and will be available to other users globally in the coming months, reports Android Police.

Last year, Google introduced a spell checker feature to Search. Powered by artificial intelligence, Google’s spell checker aims to provide us with improved search results. The too, which will be added in the coming weeks, will help to identify even the most poorly spelt search queries.

15 percent of search queries on Google Search everyday according to Raghavan Prabhakar, are words that have never been seen before. That means the search engine giant has to keep working tirelessly to improve results.


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Author: Ola Ric

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