Avoid Fake Images With Google’s New Fact-Check System

It’s harder and harder to spot a fake image these days; new fact-checking on Google Images can help us separate fact from fiction before we share it too widely.


A picture is worth a thousand words; it’s been said often enough to the point of cliche. False information abounds on the internet, much of it in images. Google has added a fact-checking system to its image search, which could help us all know when an image is fake. (Try not to share false images on purpose, ok?)

Behind the scenes: As Engadget notes, there are worries that the upcoming election will be manipulated with false imagery as well as fake news and social media posts. Google is now applying the same fact-checking technology it uses on YouTube, Search, and News (ClaimReview) for images.

How it works: When searching for images on Google, you now may see a fact check badge under the thumbnail image results. Tapping the little label will show you a summary of the fact check of the web page the image is from. Just like fact checks on Search results, the fact-check won’t affect a web page’s ranking, so the relevant information underlying your image searches should still appear at the top of your results.

Bottom line: Many images may seem obviously fake, but there are likely many more that aren’t as blatant. Having an independent check on the veracity of your images can only help slow the spread of misinformation across the internet.

Learn More About Google

Need to Search for an Image? Google Can Help
How to Use Google Reverse Image Search

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



What’s Next for the Mac in 2021?

Key Takeaways Apple plans to switch all its Macs to Apple Silicon chips within two years. The current iMac is due for an update—its design dates back to 2008. This year’s Pro Macs may get a hot-rodded version of the M1 chip. Apple With new chips, a new iMac, and new laptops, 2021 might be […]

Read More

Will CES 2021 Be the Battleground for New Computer Chips?

Key Takeaways Apple’s successful introduction of its custom, in-house Apple Silicon will challenge the fragmented PC market. The battle between Intel and AMD is intensifying, with AMD Ryzen processors coming to many mainstream laptops. Consumers buying a Windows laptop in 2021 will have the most choice in over two decades. Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire Apple […]

Read More

Dell’s New Monitors Are Made for Remote Work

Key Takeaways Dell’s new monitors have a button just to launch Microsoft Teams. They also feature a built-in camera, speakers, and microphone, and blue-light reduction. In the future, office tech might be more home-office friendly. Dell Dell’s just to launch Microsoft Teams, along with built-in microphones and pop-up webcams. In short, they’re the perfect monitors […]

Read More