Google appears to be just as fed up with the constant lies during the presidential election as we are, so now it’s helping you set the facts straight. The company today introduced a new feature that will tag and help find “fact checking in large news stories.”
UPDATE: This article has been updated with comment and clarification from Google about how and when the closure of Panoramio will affect images in Google Earth.
Panoramio, the Google-owned image-hosting service central to many verification and geolocation efforts, is to go into “read-only” mode from November 4th and close permanently in November 2017.
BuzzFeed’s politics team is producing a live show to be streamed only on Twitter on election night, November 28 (just kidding, November 8). BuzzFeed is one ofmany news organizations being paid by Facebook to help fulfill the platform’s live video dreams, but Twitter is the “heart of this giant American conversation,” “the beating heart of the election,” and the place where “[e]veryone obsessed with politics will be,” on election night, Ben Smith, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, repeated to a number of media outlets on Thursday.
In June, Vox ran an article headlined “Why millions of Americans —including me — own the AR-15,” a 3,000-word case for the rifle best known for its role in mass shootings. In the article, Ars Technica founder and gun owner Jon Stokes argues that the AR-15, despite its negative reputation in the press, is the gun of choice for regular, sane people who need a weapon capable of adapting to a variety of jobs.