Google adds fact checking to image searches

You're more likely to know if an image is fake.


Google’s fact checking now extends beyond standard searches and YouTube. The internet pioneer has introduced fact check labels for image search results. Tap a bogus picture for a detailed view and you’ll see a blurb from a verified source indicating what’s false and offering a link to the full article debunking the image. If a photo is a known fake, you’ll find out before you start sharing it with your friends in disbelief.

The company is using the open ClaimReview method (also used for YouTube) to provide fact checks from a variety of “independent, authoritative” sources like PolitiFact.

The timing is appropriate. The US presidential election is just a few months away, and there are concerns that both hostile countries and domestic politicians will use manipulated imagery to mislead voters. This won’t catch every fake picture, but it might prevent some of the most obvious examples from hitting your social feeds and fooling some users.