Google extends fact-checking to image searches

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the age of deepfakes You have to be careful with what you can find on the web, especially if you later intend to share it with family and friends

In this sense, Google is extending fact checking to Google Images search results globally. This means that, from now on, we can meet the Fast Check label under some thumbnails, which will take us to view the large image on a new page along with a verification summary.

Google tells us that we can find these tags in the thumbnails of specific images belonging to fact-check articles as well as images that belong to fact-check articles that have included them for illustrative purposes.

The search giant points out that these articles come from independent and authoritative sources that meet your criteria, using the open ClaimReview method, which is also used for fact checking in YouTube videos in Brazil, India and the USA.

The advent of fact checking in Google image search results does not affect the way that Google’s image search engine sorts images to serve them in results.

Even so, it is likely that many false images can escape receiving the Fast Check label, but its arrival is a beginning at a time when so many hoaxes have circulated on many social platforms on the occasion of the confinement of the Covid coronavirus pandemic -19, in addition to arriving several months before the holding of the presidential elections in the United States, which will not be exempt from attempts to deceive the electorate both from the main rivals that will also attend, as well as from other countries.

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