Google is currently testing a new feature to warn its users that the results it provides them may not be the most reliable. This new tool is intended to be used both in the case of hot news and in cases with the potential for fake news would be high.
At the top of the results pages, it will be possible to read this: “It looks like the results are changing quickly.” Below, the following sentence: “If this is a new topic, it can sometimes take time for reliable sources to publish results”.
Tests on this new feature started a week ago, explains Vox. This will only be used in a very rare number of cases, mainly on topical issues. Google thus intends to participate in the fight against the disinformation of its users, but from an educational perspective. This is not to censor certain results, but simply to warn everyone that there are sources less serious than others.
Hot news and flying saucers
Asked by Vox, the representative of Google Danny Sullivan takes the example of UFOs to illustrate the interest of this advance. When a video is posted in which one observes indefinite lights, many sites devoted to the subject usually do not take long to put out a short article indicating what type of alien craft it could be. The goal is that people carrying out research on this subject are immediately warned that the proposed results are undoubtedly not very scientific …
There are obviously questions about how Google will sort between the sources deemed reliable and those deemed less reliable, and the number of so-called reliable sources that will be necessary before the warning displayed at the top of the page disappears. Ironically, Google has absolutely no answer for us on these matters.
Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.
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