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Following Faulty Post Linkage, Google Suspends Fact-Check Feature

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| January 21 , 2018 , 18:49 IST

The tech giant, Google suspended its fact-check feature in its Search and news results post a faulty linkage of a Washington Post fact check to a Daily Caller article about US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation team due to its algorithm error, the media reported.

Google's decision came following an investigation by The Daily Caller News Foundation after it published a story lambasting the tech giant for wrongly appending a Washington Post Fact Checker debunk to one of its stories. The feature has proved to be faulty for public use.

"We launched the reviewed claims feature at the end of last year as an experiment with the aim of helping people quickly learn more about news publications," online news portal The Daily Signal quoted a Google spokeswoman as saying. 

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"We said previously that we encountered challenges in our systems that map fact checks to publishers and on further examination, it's clear that we are unable to deliver the quality we'd like for users," she added. 

Notably, Google rolled out the fact-check tool just last year in order to highlight articles in its Search and news results that have been fact-checked. Upon the search query's return, a reviewed result displays who made the claim and if a third-party organisation has found it to be true, false or somewhere in between. 

A spokesperson for Google later clarified to Poynter news platform that the tech company was not ending its fact-checking efforts but just the "Reviewed Claims" section of its Knowledge Panel feature. 

"Fact checks from independent organisations will still appear alongside articles in search and Google News," the company was quoted as saying. Google has removed that single purported fact checks at the time of The Daily Caller News Foundation's initial inquiries.