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Google suspends flawed fact-check feature

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has suspended its fact-check feature in its Search and news results after its algorithm wrongly linked a fact check to a Daily Caller article about US Robert Mueller's investigation team, the reported.

Noting that the feature proved to be too faulty for public use, attributed the decision to an investigation by News Foundation after it published a story lambasting the for wrongly appending a Fact Checker debunk to one of its stories.

"We launched the reviewed claims feature at the end of last year as an experiment with the aim of helping people quickly learn more about news publications," The Daily Signal quoted a as saying.

"We said previously that we encountered challenges in our systems that maps fact checks to publishers and on further examination it's clear that we are unable to deliver the quality we'd like for users," she added.

Google rolled out the last year in order to highlight articles in its Search and news results that have been fact-checked.

When a returns a result that has been reviewed, Google displays who made the claim and if a third-party organisation has found it to be true, false or somewhere in between.

A for Google later clarified to Poynter news platform that the tech company was not ending its fact-checking efforts but just the "Reviewed Claims" section of its Knowledge Panel feature.

"Fact checks from independent organisations will still appear alongside articles in search and Google News," the company was quoted as saying.

Google has removed that single purported fact check at the time of News Foundation's initial inquiries.



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First Published: Sat, January 20 2018. 14:24 IST