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Google Is Building A Search Engine Solely for Fact-Checkers

Fact-checking journalists tend to err on the side of the left. Which makes their fact-checks mostly distorted and not exactly facts at all.

However, Google is here to facilitate these journalists and their needs: with a new search engine tailored just for them. Poynter reported on October 2 that the Google News Initiative launched a beta version of the search engine made specifically to pull up fact-check pieces from Snopes, Politifact, and other sites.

Cong Yu, a research scientist at Google, told Poynter, “The goal here is to have fact-checking journalists have an easier job of locating all the work that fact-checkers have done on a specific topic. For users, it’s if you want to know more about a certain topic.”

Sounds neutral, innocuous, and helpful, right? Put it into context. These fact-checking companies, such as Snopes and Politifact, try to make it seem like they are neutral third-party fact-checkers just looking at the accuracy of statements, but they follow a different strategy. A site like Politifact made a ruling that a statement by Senator Ted Cruz, while “technically correct,” was in fact “mostly false.”