Just ahead of International Fact-Checking Day on April 2, Google announced a wave of new features intended to make it easier for users to learn more about where their information is coming from.
As the company revealed in a recent announcement, Google is introducing five new features to verify information online:
- Expanding the “About this result” feature worldwide
- Introducing an “About this author” section
- Making it easier to learn about websites using the “About this page” feature
- Providing context for top stories with “Perspectives”
- Helping spot information gaps
Expanding the “About this result” feature worldwide
Launched in 2021, the “About this result” feature gives searchers access to additional information about the sources and websites that appear in search results.
Though English-speaking countries have been able to find this information by clicking the three vertical dots next to most search results for a while, users in other countries or speaking other languages are just now getting access to the feature.
Introducing an “About this author” section
Google is adding a new section to the “About this result” feature which gives information specifically about the author of the content you see.
At the time, it is unclear exactly where Google will be gathering this information, but it is worth keeping an eye on as the feature rolls out – especially if your site publishes blog content.
Making it easier to learn about websites using the “About this page” feature
Google is adding a new way to access the “About this page” feature, which details information about a webpage similar to the “About this result” feature.
Now, you can learn more about a page by typing the URL of a site into Google’s search. The following search results will include information from the “About this page” feature at the top of the page.
Here, you’ll see information about how the site describes itself and what others across the web have said about the site.
Providing context for top stories with “Perspectives”
The Perspectives carousel aims to provide additional context around Top Stories by sharing helpful insights from journalists and other experts.
The feature has been in testing since 2022, but Google says it will be widely available in the coming days.
Helping spot information gaps
When Google is unable to confidently provide information about a topic – either because there are few good sources available or because the information is changing quickly around that topic – the search engine will display a content warning with the search results it provides.
To learn more about these new features, read the complete announcement from Google here.