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Google News gets a revamp, steps taken to tackle fake news

Google News Redesigned With an Emphasis on Fact Checking Google News gets a revamp, steps taken to tackle fake news
Sherri Watson | 29 June, 2017, 08:53

Called Google News, the platform has received a new material design makeover that resembles the News & Weather app available for mobile devices.

Google News announced they have pushed out a new redesign for their Google News site last night. With these cards, you can see a collection of different stories about the same news item - some of these are meant to give different points of view, while others can be fact check articles.

The Home Page of Google News now shows three sections that are placed at the centre - a top headlines list, a local list, and a personalized "For You" section which has stories as per your interest areas that you've preselected.

There is now a pivotal or panaromic sub-division of categories where the new is divided in to categories like "Headlines", "Local", "For You" and a tag for the user to select the country. One new navigation element is a top bar that lets you jump between top headlines, local news, and "For You"-a suggested content section". In "Local", one can track stories from any part of the world - from your hometown to where you do business to where you went to school.

In the new version of Google News, the old, overpopulated list of hyperlinks and tiny thumbnails are gone. Indeed, the team expanded the use of video in Google News, which makes sense, given how many recent stories now center around video.

USA users will get a feature specific to the market in the form of a dedicated Fact Check block. It offers genuine news content, which has undergone several reviews. In fact, seven years ago, there were so many complaints about their redesign that Google made changes based on them - which is incredibly rare.

Watch this space for latest news on Google products. This way you can see additional context on stories immediately even as you are scanning. Now we're adding a Fact Check block on the right column of "Headlines" that shows the top fact checked articles recently published (this feature is currently available in the USA only).

We're rolling out this update globally in the coming days.

A user's view and place on the page is maintained as they click in and out of stories. "We hope the new design enables you to easily access quality journalism, bolstered with meaningful insights and comprehensive coverage", the blog post reads.