Major news events such as Hurricane Harvey produce thousands of photos, and thousands more tweets and Facebook posts of fake, outdated or out-of-context photos. This time the big winner is a photoshop of a shark on the freeway which pops up during every major hurricane.
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With Google now being synonymous with searching - when did you last hear someone say "I'll just Bing it" - our dependence on that search engine is significant. So, if search results become poisoned or tainted they can have a significant effect. That can happen if a fake story gains enough traction. Eventually, the fake story becomes so popular and re-reported it transcends the boundary between falsehood and accepted. Google has now rolled out their Fact Check label globally to help us tell the difference between validated and unvalidated news.
When the news constantly bombards you with statements and claims that you can't verify, fact checkers become extremely important. To that end, Google will now surface fact check stories in Google News results.