During the time of massive time of massive online misinformation digital platforms like Google, Twitter, Facebook was accused of false news promotion during the 2016 US presidential elections which hindered their reputation. All of them have taken various corrective measures, including deploying fact-checking mechanisms to identify false claims.
Google has announced its partnership with IFCN (International Fact- checking Network) which was launched by the Poynter Institute in 2015 to fight against fake news.
IFCN attempts to promote fact-checking best practices which have already been adopted by other organizations that include The Washington Post, Associated Press, PolitiFact, and Factcheck.org
The new Google-IFCN initiative will seek to do the following:
-Grow the number of trained fact checkers globally.
-Expand fact-checking capabilities to more countries around the world, “by translating the Code of Principles into ten languages and ensuring credible fact checkers can apply to participate in the IFCN community.”
-Provide access to various fact-checking tools for free.
-Offer engineering resources to develop new fact-checking software tools to improve efficiency.
The objective behind this is to identify and wipe out all the false claims online in general but specifically for Google News and Google search.