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

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

Much of the Google ecosystem has had a UI upgrade and now uses Google's Material Design with a card format.

The redesign is a way for Google to stay competitive and beat other news readers, like Apple News, Facebook, and Twitter.

Sections like World and Business now feature icons in the dedicated left-hand navigation column. 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", said the post.

The new layout has three new verticals for you to choose from: Headlines, Local, and For You. The Local and For You tabs can be customized with any locations selected for the Local tab, though it defaults to where it thinks you are located, and interests for the For You tab. In "For You", users can pinpoint niche interests and create their own mini news feed, whether it's following their favorite team, or satisfying themselves with news on gadgets and gizmos. This last tab provides a selection of articles that are based on what Google believes you are interested in - there is also a way to manage the types of stories you are shown in the settings. Previous year we introduced the Fact Check label so you can get easy access to fact checking articles that investigate claims made in the story.

Google has also borrowed some elements from its mobile app and search engine design philosophy, transitioning the news reader to a card-based interface. It offers genuine news content, which has undergone several reviews. It was actually introduced previous year with a Fact Check "label", but this new block is being added "on the right column of "Headlines" that shows the top fact checked articles recently published". 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. This way you can see additional context on stories immediately even as you are scanning. We hope the new design enables you to easily access quality journalism, bolstered with meaningful insights and comprehensive coverage. 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. It will throw up daily updates from fact-checking sites like PolitFact and Snopes.

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