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article imageGoogle News redesign brings a cleaner look and more fact checking

By James Walker     Jun 28, 2017 in Technology
Google has announced a long-overdue overhaul of Google News on the web. The completely redesigned desktop site is more spacious and modern, featuring an upgraded sidebar, new personalisation options and emphasised "Fact Check" tags.
Google announced the new News in a blog post this week. It said it has tried to make the desktop experience "more accessible and easier to navigate." It has also strived to emphasise high-quality content that's focused on facts. Simultaneously, it has maintained the exposure of a variety of perspectives on each story.
The old version of News was still based on Google's classic web design. Text-heavy and designed for mouse-only interaction, the site offered a high information density but could be overwhelming.
Google News update 28-06-2017
Google News update 28-06-2017
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News is now based on Google's Material Design language. Articles display in a card format, there's an icon-based sidebar and buttons are bigger and bolder. It's cleaner and should be easier to use. The site is also fully responsive and more usable on touchscreen devices.
News now has three main screens, "Headlines," "Local" and "For You." You can customise the latter two to keep up-to-date on events in locations you're interested in and around subjects of your choice. Google will let you follow articles relevant to your interests, ranging from mainstream sports teams and political events to niche hobbyist categories.
Google News update 28-06-2017
Google News update 28-06-2017
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A primary focus of the new site has been to improve overall transparency of the stories it features. In recent months, Google has delivered several improvements to the presentation of news stories in its search results. The launch of the "fact check" and alternative viewpoint tags have helped to resist the spread of fake news and break people out of the filter bubble.
These labels are now emphasised in News, letting you identify reports that are likely to be particularly newsworthy. The tags are displayed in bold so they stand out visually. Alongside Fact Check, Google has retained its existing Local Source, Most Referenced and Opinion flags to indicate an article's content. When you click on a story card, News will show you related articles from a range of publishers offering different perspectives.
Google News update 28-06-2017
Google News update 28-06-2017
Google
Google's also launching a dedicated Fact Check panel to the right of the main News feed. This showcases debunking and "reality check" articles that investigate claims made by media outlets and prominent public figures. This will be initially limited to the U.S. but should roll out more widely in due course.
The revamped News offers a significantly improved experience for people who rely on Google to find stories to read. The expansion of the site's aggregation capabilities to focus on offering diverse perspectives should help to combat the filter bubble effect. The Material Design interface brings News in-line with the rest of Google's products, demonstrating the company's commitment to the field. The update will roll out globally through the rest of the week.
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