About

The Fact Check Tools consist of two tools: Fact Check Explorer and Fact Check Markup Tool. Both tools aim to facilitate the work of fact checkers, journalists and researchers.



Getting Started

To access the Fact Check Tools you must provide a Google account email address to your webmaster to be added to your site's search console (instructions below).

More on Google Accounts

If your email address is a GSuite email or you've already associated a Google account with it, then you are all set. Not sure? You can create a Google account using your existing email via this page by selecting "Use my current email address instead": https://accounts.google.com/SignUp.

Fact Check Explorer

Goal

This tool allows you to easily browse and search for fact checks. For example, you can search for a politician's statement, or for a topic. You can also restrict results to a specific publisher.

You can search by keywords and see a list of matching claims and the corresponding fact checks.

Keywords can be anything from specific topics to full politician quotes. Basically anything you would also put into the regular Google Search bar.

What fact checks are included?

The requirements for fact check articles to show in the Explorer are identical to our guidelines for fact check articles in Search, see here.

Note that this also applies to markup that was submitted via the Fact Check Markup Tool.

How can I restrict results?

Language

By default, results will be restricted by your browser language. You can also see results from all languages using the dropdown below the search bar:

Publisher

You can also search for all results by a publisher by either clicking on the Publisher pill in a result, or by using a site restrict. For example, "site:politifact.com" or "site:politifact.com immigration".

How can I just see the latest fact checks?

The Fact Check Explorer homepage contains a link to "Recent fact checks" which will show a chronologically ordered list of all fact checks.

Fact Check Markup Tool

Goal

Prior to this tool, the only way to provide structured markup (i.e. schema.org/ClaimReview markup) for a page was to embed the markup in the HTML of the article. This process requires a certain level of technical expertise and can be error-prone.

The goal of this tool is to make the process of creating ClaimReview markup easier, by allowing markup to be submitted via a simple web form without the need to add anything to the article itself.

Markup created with this tool will be treated the same as markup that was embedded in the article directly.

What is ClaimReview markup?

When publishers write a fact check article, they can add schema.org/ClaimReview markup to that article. This markup is structured data that contains information about the fact check -- for example, what was the claim being assessed, who made the claim, what was the verdict, and more.

Attaching ClaimReview to a fact check article will allow search engines to easily recognize that it is a fact check article and thus render it as such in search results and other surfaces.

Note that ClaimReview is an open ecosystem: any publisher can choose to add ClaimReview markup to a fact checking article.

Where does the data go?

Any markup submitted via this tool is stored on datacommons.org and publicly available via a data feed. Search engines ingest this feed to ensure the corresponding articles are still treated as fact checks.

Will all my markup show up in Google products?

It depends. Markup created with this tool is treated the same as markup embedded in web pages. That is, it's subject to Google's guidelines for fact check structured data. As noted there, you will also need to create several pages of markup before they may show in Google products.

In addition to that, there is a delay between markup being submitted and it showing up in Google products, including the Fact Check Explorer.

Who can create markup for a given site?

Users are authorized using Google Search Console. Any account that is listed as a restricted or full user of a site will be able to create markup for any articles of that site. The required steps are:

  1. Talk to your webmaster to find out if your site is already on Search Console. If not follow these steps.
  2. Ask your webmaster to add you as a user to the site, either as a restricted or full user.

Note that access is granted to sites exactly as they are specificed in Search Console. For example, if Search Console has two entries for site.com and factcheck.site.com then you need to be added to both if you want to create markup for both sites.

Also note that, at the moment, we only support URL prefix properties. Support for domain properties will follow shortly.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get access to the markup tool to markup my site's articles?

A user must have a Google account email address, and that same address must be added to their site's Google Search Console, in order for the user to edit or add markup for their site. To learn more, check out: https://toolbox.google.com/factcheck/about#fcmt-creators.

Can anyone else edit the markup for my site via the Fact Check Markup Tool?

No, the only users who can edit or add markup for a given site via the Fact Check Markup Tool are those who have had that same address added to their site's Google Search Console.

What happens to information submitted via the Fact Check Markup Tool?

All data submitted on the tool is stored on Data Commons and made available for use by platforms including Google and Facebook, academic researchers, and more.

What happens if a user submits ClaimReview via the Tool for articles that already have ClaimReview markup embedded on the page?

The markup submitted by the tool will supersede the older markup for purposes of surfacing on Google properties. Changes made in the tool will not affect markup that has been added directly on the page (but will also supersede in Google surfacing).

Does it matter which language I use for my markup?

General guidance is to use the markup language that matches the language of the article, presuming your intended audience uses Google (and Bing, etc.) products in the same language they'll be reading your article in.

I'm a news publisher and I've added my fact check markup to my articles, but they are not showing up in Google News. How can I get help?

To be included in Google News' fact check widget, you have to be included in Google News. Here is more information: https://support.google.com/news/publisher-center/answer/4582731?hl=en

What does the "warning Missing fields…"" message in the Markup tool refer to?

Google makes all required ClaimReview markup fields available for editing in the Google Fact Check Markup Tool, along with a number of recommended fields. To ensure that your markup is available to Google properties you need to complete all fields specified as required by Google. You can refer to Structured data type definitions for more details on required and recommended fields.

Can I mark up multiple fact checks in a single article?

Yes, you can. Please review our developer documentation on multiple fact checks and please note, with multiple fact checks, Google Search may display a carousel for multiple fact checks, however this will be for mobile devices only as of now.

How should I select numerical rating in the Markup tool?

We often get questions about the numerical rating which corresponds to ratingvalue in schema.org. If your organization doesn't use numerical ratings, it is OK to leave this blank. This field is not shown to end users. The general guidance if you do choose to use numerical ratings is to ensure internal consistency.

What are the minimum required fields for Google Products?

You must include the required properties for your content to be eligible for display as a rich result. In the markup tool, these fields correspond to:

Here’s how it shows up in Google Search, for example:

See Structured data type definitions for more on required and recommended properties. Note: you can also choose to include the recommended properties to add more information about your content.

Are there Google policy guidelines for fact checkers? And are there any special guidelines for fact check aggregators?

Yes, for all policy related guidelines for fact checkers, please see Guidelines for policy details. Additionally, with respect to fact check aggregators, please ensure that you provide an open and publicly available list on your site of all fact-check websites you aggregate.

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