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Google adds its own “context” to search engine results

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In an effort to fight what it says is “misinformation,” Google said it will start adding “context” and more details to search results. The search giant believes more context would dissuade users from opening unreliable sources.

In the search results, Google will add more details about a source in its own words or information and reviews from other websites, the company announced during Wednesday’s Search On event.

These details will be added to the “About This Result” panel that was added in July. To open the “About This Result” panel, click on the three dots on the right side of a listed source.

“There’s a lot of information in the world from different sources, some unfamiliar,” said Harris Cohen, a product manager on Google’s consumer trust team. “Lots of people are concerned about mis- and disinformation. Across lots of areas, this tool really helps them with that journey.”

The new feature comes amid increasing accusations from politicians that Big Tech platforms are not doing enough to combat online misinformation and disinformation. Already, Google Search gives priority to sources it deems authoritative.

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