It seems that fake news are something new that has arrived with social networks and instant messaging platforms, but the hoaxes have always been there. Fake news has always been spread both through the media and through word of mouth. What is new, perhaps, is its rapid diffusion.
This is why fact-checking has become such an important practice and companies Technology companies like Google are getting involved in this old as well as renewed problem with initiatives such as the Fact Check Explorer.
The tool is intended for journalists, researchers, and fact-checkers, but can be used by anyone
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The objective of the Fact Check Explorer is to offer an easy way to search for fact checks already done. The tool is intended for journalists, researchers and fact-checkers, so it is probably little known, but anyone can use it just by going to toolbox.google.com/factcheck/explorer.
Using this hoax search engine is as simple as typing one or more keywords, it can be a topic, the name of a public figure or even a literal phrase. If any related or specific check has been made on the matter, will be listed indicating the reason in question, the verdict of the fact-checker and a link to the article in which the event is analyzed.
Fact-check articles appear in this tool as long as they meet the guidelines for showing up on Google search or YouTube.
Fact-check articles appear in this tool as long as they meet the guidelines for being displayed on Google search or YouTube. In the case of events in the Spanish sphere, they are Maldita.es, Newtral, EFE Agency and AFP Factual organizations that verify most of the facts.
In addition, Fact Check Explorer also allows you to filter the results by language using a selector found in the upper right part, below the search bar; or editor, by typing “site:” and the verifier in question or by clicking on the tag of the one that interests us from a list of results.
Finally, the tool also lets you explore the latest fact checks from its main page, by clicking on the link Recent fact checks below the search bar.