Google News overhaul lets you get personal with the day’s top stories
As part of its twentieth anniversary, the Google News redesign has officially launched with a greater emphasis on accessibility and customization.
Google explains the redesign (opens in new tab) “The reaction was inspired by [they] The desktop site aims to make it easier to capture news as you get from readers. Major stories will have a large thumbnail and adjacent articles next to them for different types of coverage.
Immediately upon opening Google News on desktop, you’ll be greeted with a local news section (no longer placed behind a menu) and the top stories of the day with a personalized selection on the right. If coverage for one city isn’t enough for you, you can add multiple locations to local news. And the menu bar that was on the left now makes its home at the top of the page.
Scrolling down the introductory sections, you will come to your topics which are six different categories that you can choose from a selection of eight. These include technology, entertainment, business and sports.
After that, you have what is arguably the biggest change: the new fact check section. Previously, Fact Check moved stories from a fact-checking organization like Politifact to a simple headline. Now along with the headlines, there will be a claim that has been fact-checked. For example, it can be claimed that President Joe Biden vetoed a certain bill. Next to that, you can see a fact check by PolitiFact that reveals whether the claim is true, false, or even changed.
Below is the Beyond the Front Page section for more off-kilter stories and even in-depth posts from tech companies.
The redesign is currently live and will be available in “over 125 countries and 40 languages”. including return to spain (opens in new tab) Who did not have Google News for almost eight years. Google claims this was due to a copyright law that barred them from working there, but the law has since been amended.
You can go to Google News now and click “Try it” at the top to switch to the new design. To revert back to the old style, open the Settings menu and uncheck the box next to “Start using the new Google News.”
Analysis: looking disorganized
Whether people will like the redesign or not is hard to say. The new Google News has been working since May when some people randomly stumbled upon it. Initially, not everyone embraced the redesign. Some people found it to be overly designed and the headlines too big.
Google News now looks like a newspaper with headlines and images strung together in a small space. Despite the disorganized look, some may appreciate the emphasis on local news and improvements in fact-checking. After all, misinformation is still a hot topic.
Speaking of Fake News, Google recently banned deepfake projects from its collaborative service. Despite our investigation, no one knows why Google took this step.