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Google add "Highly Cited" Label on its Search Results

New Google 'highly cited' label focuses on tackling misinformation.

Google highly cited Label
Google announced that it is rolling out a new label in search results for pages that are recognized as highly cited sources. The announcement came up on the eve of International Fact-Checking Day on April 2.

Google’s new “highly cited sources” label will appear next to pages in Top Stories and is designed to help people find credible information. Google says it hopes the label will help readers find “the most helpful or relevant information for a news story.” It’ll launch “soon” in the US on mobile for English-speaking users, and will start appearing globally “in the coming weeks.”

According to the Google blog post, it's an initiative and part to spot the misinformation on Google searches. "The widespread availability of information – from all different kinds of sources – is great for learning new facts and perspectives from around the world. But it can also make it difficult to sort out what information is credible and what isn’t." - Google added

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According to Google, when news is breaking or a new topic is trending, the information users are searching for isn't broadly available yet. In these moments, Search automatically shows a notice on your search results indicating that it can take time for a range of sources to publish information on a topic. These notices are currently available in more than 20 languages around the world.


Highly Cited Label In Google Search Results

The search giant’s hope is that its highly cited label will help highlight original reporting, which can include important context that’s stripped out when a story gets picked up more widely.  Google says the label will help users to find more relevant information for a news story on its search results.

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Google will assign the label "highly cited" to a webpage that has been linked by other news organizations. Additionally, the highly cited page receives in Top Stories, taking up the entire width of the screen instead of just a slot in the search results page.

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