With the coronavirus pandemic in full flow, protests ongoing, and a presidential election on the horizon, it’s never been more important to ensure what we are reading and seeing online is factual correct. Google is taking a step towards providing that for the images we view by introducing fact-checking to its image searches.
As Reuters reports, Google stated this week that Google Image search results will start displaying a “fact check” label underneath the thumbnails that appear in the results list. It’s a similar system to the fact check information panels introduced to YouTube back in April, and that appear next to Google News and general search results.
By adding fact checking to images, Google is now checking three of its most important search services (general, news, and images). It follows moves by other tech companies to try and provide more trustworthy information, with Twitter recently adding 5G-coronavirus conspiracy theory fact checking, WhatsApp launching a COVID-19 fact checking chatbot, and Facebook also offering fact checking while introducing the ability to turn off political ads recently.
While externally, this move will be viewed positively, internally Google is facing a fresh problem today regarding the use of its technology and services by police. A petition signed by 1,600 employees is demanding Google reassess its relationship with law enforcement and for the company to go as far as witholding access to popular apps including Gmail, Calendar, Translate.