Google just redesigned its News page, putting fact-checking at the forefront

Laverne Mann
June 29, 2017

While people are still getting used to the new design, Google has also released a blog post with complete information. Google will let users identify news sources they'd want to see more often from. The new UI is more cleaner, and redesigned for easier browsing. 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. There's still a vertical column of sections on the left side, but now the list is customizable. You can jump quickly to news you enjoy, whether it's standard sections like Sports or Entertainment, or those created by you and powered by your queries, such as "FIFA World Cup" or "Bollywood.", the compnay said in its blog.

At the top of the page there's a new navigation bar for "Headlines", "Local" and "For You". Users can sign in to personalise "Local" and "For You" sections. 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. The latter is again based on your interests and creates a "mini news feed" of articles that might be of interest to you.

Google surprised everyone by unveiling a brand new interface today. Google has also improved the algorithmic selection, which shows up more related videos in the player when a video is played.

Google has finally unveiled a redesigned Google News that looks less like The Drudge Report and much more modern. It offers genuine news content, which has undergone several reviews. Users can also sort the results by relevance or date, see top videos, or browse other top news topics in a "Related" block on the page.

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That said, Google says "this feature is now available in the USA only", but presumably Google will roll it out to other Google News users around the world.

As a publisher, you don't need to make changes on how to submit your story to Google News.

In addition to the Fact Check tag, Google News will feature a Fact Check block to the right-hand column under the local weather and news box, though this feature at present only appears in the United States version of Google News.

Meanwhile Google seems to have been rolling out a large search algorithm update starting sometime around Sunday, June 25. If what's presented in a card isn't enough, you can tap the "view full coverage" link to be taken to a page filled with stories, videos, and tags about that particular item.

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