In recent years, we have seen why reading comprehension skills are important. With all the fake news, conspiracies, and misinformation circulating, it can be a challenge for many people to discern what is true or not. It is sad but there is a reality that the truth has been distorted. Stories are rewritten while conspiracy theories abound. If you are a person who is not easily fooled and is wise not to believe everything you see on the web, you may already have a habit of googling the truth.
It is sad that many people create a lot of fake news. Apparently, not everyone can determine whether a story is true or not. This is life even with all the technology and information in the world. Fact check sites have become useful in the last year especially, but Google wants to help more by introducing different measures and tips.
Follow, continue Google Tips for detect misinformation online. It may be April Fools’ Day, but no, we don’t encourage you to make jokes or jokes.
The world is fed up with fake news and information. Google’s search team said about 50,000 new pieces of information have emerged in the last year alone. All of those fact checks get more than 2.4 billion impressions.
Fact-checking helps reduce the effects of misinformation. Today, more people want to know the truth. Searching Google helps, but fact-checking efforts need to be strengthened.
How to spot misinformation online
Google suggests you (1) find out more about the source. With many new websites popping up, it is important to check the source. Always check for more information on the font. Make sure to read about a site’s About page by entering this in your search bar, for example: about youtube -site: youtube.com.
Next, (2) check if an image is being used in the correct context. Use ‘Google Image’ to find out how the image has been used or if it is original from a source.
You also can (3) look for news coverage. If a story has been picked up by other news sites, it is probably true. But then always check the source. You can also see Google’s ‘Total Coverage’.
(4) Consult fact-checkers. Search for the topic or topic in the Fact Check Explorer, where reputable sources and publishers post their findings. Last but not least, (5) use Google Maps, Earth or Street View to check the location. Take advantage of these apps to see if a story is true.