Google revamps news service to fight fake news

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MUMBAI: Google has revamped its news service as it gears up to fight the menace of fake news.

The all-new Google News replaces Google Play Newsstand on mobile and desktop and the Google News & Weather app on mobile. It has rolled out starting 10 May and will be available to everyone on Android, iOS and the web in 127 countries by next week.

Google noted that more than 2 billion websites have been created in the nearly 30 years since the world wide web launched. The news Google News service has been launched to keep up and make sense of it all.

The new Google News app uses the best of artificial intelligence to find the best of human intelligence and the great reporting done by journalists around the globe.

The reimagined Google News uses a new set of AI techniques to take a constant flow of information as it hits the web, analyse it in real time and organise it into storylines.

This approach means Google News understands the people, places, and things involved in a story as it evolves, and connects how they relate to one another.

At its core, this technology lets us synthesize information and put it together in a way that helps you make sense of what’s happening, and what the impact or reaction has been.

The Google News has “For You” section which makes it easy for users to stay up to date on everything you care about all in one place. The section has a briefing of five stories which includes a mix of the most important headlines, local news and the latest developments on the topics.

The app also has easy-to-use and easy-to-access controls so that users can decide if they want to see more or less of a topic or publisher.

Google is also experimenting with a unique visual format called newscasts. Here, the latest developments in natural language understanding bring together a collection of articles, videos, and quotes on a single topic. Newscasts make it easy to dive right into perspectives to learn more about a story—plus, it’s easy to read on the phone.

For a deeper insight into a story, the “Full Coverage” feature provides a complete picture of how that story is reported from a variety of sources. With just a tap you’ll see top headlines from different sources, videos, local news reports, FAQs, social commentary, and a timeline for stories that have played out over time.

The Headlines section offers an unfiltered view of news from around the world. Additional sections let you dig into more on technology, business, sports, entertainment, and others.

Google further said that the Newsstand tab makes it easy to find and follow the sources you trust, as well as browse and discover new ones. You can also access more than 1,000 magazine titles in a mobile-optimised reading format.


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