Google Discover now lets you report news as misleading or sensational
Many Android users rely on Google’s Discover feed for their daily dose of news stories. The feature, which debuted back in September 2018, is designed to help users discover new things based on their personal interests, including news, popular videos, new music releases, sports updates, and a lot more. While Google does give you the option to hide stories and publications that you don’t want to see in your feed, it didn’t include any options to curb the spread of misinformation. In light of recent events, where misleading or sensational information is spreading online like wildfire, the company has now added a new feature to Google Discover that will let you report such news stories.
As reported by 9to5Google, the new “Report content” feature appears within the overflow menu that lets you control what appears in the feed. Tapping on the report option opens up a pop-up window where you can select your reason for reporting the content based on four available options: Misleading or sensational, Violent or repulsive, Hateful or abusive, and Other.
The feature isn’t the same as the legal removal requests feature for content owners and it seems to be aimed at improving the Discover experience for all users by limiting the spread of misinformation. Once you select any of the four available options, the reported story instantly disappears from your feed and you get a new option to undo the action.
The new “Report content” feature in Google Discover is currently rolling out to all users worldwide. In order to use the feature, you’ll need to have Google app version 10.99 or later. However, it doesn’t seem like the feature is available for all users yet as I was unable to find it on any of my devices, despite updating to the latest version of the Google app.