The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has used these fact-checking labels for years in its main search results and playback video on the YouTube site. In December, Google said that fact-checks appear to more than 11 million times each day in the search results.
“The Photos and videos are an incredible way to help people understand what is going on in the world, Google product manager, Harris Cohen wrote in a blog post announcing the new fact-check the labels. “But the power of the visual media has its share of problems, especially when there are questions around the origin, the authenticity or context of the image.”
Tech companies ‘ efforts to fact-check the multitude of claims for their sites to become a focal point important as advertising and campaigns for the 2020 U.S. presidential election heats up. Twitter the decision of the label to two by the President of Trump misleading tweets regarding the vote by correspondence with facts, check the links to define a de-facto standard for social media, the companies last month. Twitter marked another tweet by Asset with a warning last week, after the president tweeted a treaty video showing fake CNN headlines. The company stated that it has violated its policies on handling the media.
Fact-checking of social media and other enterprises of high technology has become common in the last three years — Facebook, Twitter, and Google all do it to some extent — but it is not universal and often relies on the news media and other partners to publish a fact-check and make sure that the companies of the see. It can also be applied unevenly, something that triggers complaints.
YouTube ceo Susan Wojcicki noted in a Washington Post Live interview last week that the company removes videos that violate its policies which prohibit certain hate speech, incitement to violence and some incidents of manipulated the media, which could cause misinformation, whether from a politician or someone else. But the society retains few of the videos on the site, if they are presented in their context, by a news report or educational purposes, she said.
Google’s efforts are the first widespread initiative to try to fact-check images, ” says Nina Jankowicz, a specialist in disinformation at the Wilson Center and author of the forthcoming book “How to Lose the Information War.”
Seeing manipulated images and video can be a lot more convincing for the people of the misinformation in the text, Jankowicz says, and she hopes that Google labels at least get people to think before posting. It will not work for everyone, ” she said.
“Some people will simply push back against any content they believe is not true,” she said. But others may pause. “He could get people to slow down and think before they share.”
Manipulated photos are a tool to spread misinformation. This month, Fox News published manipulated pictures of a protest zone in Seattle, making it seem as if a city block was on fire. But it was really multiple images mounted, and the fire has been done in Minnesota.
Google image search has yet to show a fact-check Fox News, photos, Fox has since withdrawn. The company does not apply verification of labels at all manipulated photos. Instead point users to items that have fact-checked the photos, if they exist. It uses the service ClaimReview, which organizes fact-checking through the Internet and makes it visible by search engines.
The company has used the example of an image showing a giant shark swimming along a Houston street. Now a search for the shark image that was edited to make it seem as if a storm had caused the wildlife to the ocean to swim to the sides of cars — displays a small fact-check the label next to a photo attachment to a PolitiFact article.
Google says that this is the launch of the feature the most of this week.