Bing's New Fact-Checking Feature Should Let Users Kick Fake News Squarely in The Keester

By Dave Meikleham on at

Are you the sort of free-thinking individual who shuns conformism at every turn? The kind of person who would rather pop onto Lycos than ever bow down at the feet of the all-conquering Google machine? Then good news: one of Google's main search engine competitors has just implemented new fact-checking features.

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Bing has followed the Big G's lead from earlier this year, and finally added fact-checking tags to its search results. In many cases, the new feature will now pull in a fact check label from fact-checking firms like PolitiFact to help ascertain the veracity of a story. Such sites can then update you with a verdict on whether the news article you're interested is valid, and will suggest whether said story is fake or not in a search preview, in theory sparing you from actually clicking through to the article only to find out that the world really wasn't once controlled by a regime of giant, irradiated penguins after all.

The feature obviously isn't bulletproof; inaccurate, false stories will obviously still make their way into your Bing results from time to time. Still, the hope is the presence of more articles from fact-checking sites appearing alongside these bonus pieces will clue you into what's fake and what's not.

I'm a shameful slave to Google, so I'm unlikely to make use of this new feature, but in a world increasingly clogged by inaccurate information, a little added clarification is certainly welcome. Happy non-fake news hunting, Bing fans.

[The Verge]