The drawback of faux information on the web refuses to go away. In truth, it has develop into too huge for tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, Google to comprise. Twitter does its bit by labelling tweets as “manipulated media” and so forth. Facebook additionally has a number of instruments however they aren’t sufficient. And now Google is about to roll out a characteristic in Search to inform customers about faux information.
At the lately concluded I/O 2021 occasion, Google talked a couple of characteristic referred to as “About this Result” in Search. The characteristic will inform customers extra in regards to the sources of search outcomes. Google is working with Wikipedia on this. Users will be capable to see how a specific web site describes itself and there might be a hyperlink to its Wikipedia web page. “Based on Wikipedia’s open editing model, which relies on thousands of global volunteers to add content, these descriptions will provide the most up-to-date verified and sourced information available on Wikipedia about the site. If it’s a site you haven’t heard of before, that additional information can give you context or peace of mind, especially if you’re looking for something important, like health or financial information,” noted Google in a blog post.
If a website doesn’t have a Wikipedia description, then Google will show users additional context that may be available, such as when Google first indexed the site.
Google users also be able to see if their connection to the site is secure based on its use of the HTTPS protocol, which encrypts all data between the website and the browser they are using, to help them stay safe as they browse the web.
Notably, the feature was introduced in the US, earlier this year in February. It is now expected to reach all users later this month, starting with English language results. It is expected that other language results will be added in the future. The feature will be available on Android initially on mobile and desktop.