Google will review the way it answers your most bizarre questions to avoid misunderstandings.
There are no dumb questions, except for Google. For nearly two decades, Alphabet’s search engine has made life easier for many onlookers. Internet users in search of knowledge can have the answer to all their questions in a few clicks. All ? Not really. According to The Daily Mail, the company will become more selective. The English media have detected an update that should change the situation a bit during their next investigation.
Do not panic, you will still be able to know the date of liberation from France or what the word means “Boomers”. On the other hand, the featured extraction tool will receive a review. This is a box that appears when you type in your search topic (see below). It allows to show a fast and clear answer. Except he’s not infallible and has posted nonsense on a number of occasions. In addition to lacking precision, he was heavily involved in the exchange of false information or certain approximations. This was especially the case when the user’s question made no sense.
From now on, Google will notify Internet users when the keywords used yield controversial results. Specifically, the signature will warn its users and indicate, for example, that the sources are unreliable or inappropriate. It will also invite them to cross-reference sources and articles. On their blog, Google cites the example from the question: “How do I communicate with the Illuminati?” You can read the warning that should appear on the page in the coming months.
There it is stated: “There seem to be few good results out there. The results below match your keywords, but some don’t seem trustworthy. Check the source (are they legit on these topics?) or try changing your search terms (less specific words may produce better results).”
Google should also trust its featured snippets less after the update. The firm also announces that it has reduced its activation by 40%.“We’ve trained our systems to better detect these kinds of false premises, which aren’t very common, but there are cases where showing featured snippets isn’t useful.”
Fighting fake news
The pandemic will have greatly increased awareness of misinformation. However, there are still some things to do to prevent it. Google hopes its update will help make accessing information simpler, faster, and more secure. According to a study carried out this year and mentioned by the Mountain View company, many people verify information in the search engine. Therefore, it must be irreproachable.
The firm has also made the fight against disinformation its spearhead. Its new update will also allow users to evaluate the relevance of searches and sources, whether they have found them on social networks or during conversations with friends or family. A new feature is also coming to France that will allow you to get more information about the source of the article you are viewing.
Launched last year, the feature has been used for 2.4 million times. It is now entering France. This is a tab that can be opened by clicking “about this fountain”. This allows, among other things, to determine the reliability of the media and websites you consult. In 2017, on request “Is Obama planning a coup?” Google showed the following response: “Obama may be planning a communist coup when his term ends in 2016.” This information came from a conspiracy site. with the tool “about this result”Internet users can be warned if the media they are consulting is not known for its reliability or impartiality.
For more information on disinformation and the mechanisms to adopt to protect yourself from it, you can consult our dedicated file.
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