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Google has announced a new feature for its search results. It is a menu that will appear on each result and that will allow the user to obtain information from Wikipedia about the website that provides the information. The goal, they say from the company, is to make it easier for users to recognize sites and webs with which they are not familiar.

In this way, when you search Google for information about something you want to know and, obviously, millions of results appear, on each website a box will appear with information about which website that is, according to information provided by Wikipedia. Taking into account that there is a lot of false information on the Internet, many times users do not know if they can trust the web they are going to read, when it is new to them.

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To see these new information boxes, you have to click on the icon with three vertical dots located in the upper right part of each result and there a short excerpt of the article will be displayed along with information about the medium or the web.

Also, the new search information box will show detailed data about the result, such as if it is an organic search result or from a paid advertisement, or if the site uses a secure HTTPS connection.

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According to Google, this feature, already available in some countries in beta mode, has the ability to provide information on tens of millions of web pages. Keep in mind that it is based on the Wikipedia model: open editing of information that relies on thousands of volunteers from around the world to add content.

On the other hand, if a website does not have a Wikipedia description, Google says that it will show the user additional information that can serve as context to the user, such as the date Google indexed the site for the first time. In addition, in the results offered by the search engine to organize different types of information, such as job lists or local business listings, a description of how Google obtained this information will be included from the web sites or from the companies themselves.

Various initiatives by Google to fight misinformation

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Internet platforms They have been presenting their ways of helping the user for some time to identify false information that floods social networks, messaging services and search engines. If we talk only about Google, it is worth remembering how in 2017 it announced a new verification tag that accompanies the results in its News or news section, indicating that the information has been verified by verification organizations of fact and news editors.

Last year, in which information about the Covid-19 pandemic led to new hoaxes related to public health, Google announced news. So, with its Fact Check Explorer, a tool designed for journalists, investigators and fact-checkers, to provide data indicating whether any body dedicated to verifying information has approved such data. In addition, it also began to offer information if the search engine detects that an image may be false.

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