Google is the biggest search engine in the world and a lot of people rely on it for information. For breaking news in particular, people go to Google and search on trending topics to know more about them. Often times, the search results you get on Google for breaking news may not be yet reliable till more websites report about them. In a blog post, Google says it will now warn users when this happens.
“While Google Search will always be there with the most useful results we can provide, sometimes the reliable information you’re searching for just isn’t online yet,” wrote Google’s Public Liaison for Search, Daniel Sullivan. “This can be particularly true for breaking news or emerging topics, when the information that’s published first may not be the most reliable,” he continued.
Google says it has now trained its systems to detect when a topic is still emerging and when “a range of sources” has not yet reported about it. “We’ll now show a notice indicating that it may be best to check back later when more information from a wider range of sources might be available.”
Google showed an example with the search term “ufo filmed travelling 106mph”, this is related to the US Government’s report on Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) which is inconclusive at the moment. At the beginning of the search results, Google showed an “it looks like these results are changing quickly” warning.
Last year, Google rolled out a similar notice that tells users when it hasn’t been to generate fitting results for a particular search term. This February, the company also added an “About This Result” panel that shows some important information about websites that come up on search results.
Ultimately, Google says its goal is to provide more content about search results so users can confidently evaluate the information by themselves. Google is beginning the rollout of the new notices in the US in English and promised it will expand it to other markets in the coming months.