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Google affords real-time US election ends in 70 languages

YouTube also offers other ways to find "relevant information" about the 2020 US election.

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October
28, 2020

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

Google is working with The Associated Press (AP) to deliver "authoritative" results before and in the days after the 2020 US election.

"Similar to previous elections, people who come to Search and Assistant looking for information about election results will find a special feature with data provided by the AP," wrote Amanda Storey, Google's director of trust and security, on a blog -Announcement.

Starting next Tuesday, enter "election results" and you will find real-time data (in more than 70 languages) for races at federal and state level. Or ask, "Hey Google, what are the current election results?" and the AI ‚Äč‚Äčassistant will share details on your phone, smart speaker or smart display. (You can test the feature before Election Day, but the answer will be disappointing.)

While election night parties are out of the question this year, you can still get in the patriotic mood with regularly updated coverage from Google Search sources and real-time live streams from major news providers on YouTube.

(Photo via YouTube)

YouTube is taking its own steps to ensure viewers get accurate information and is launching a new information box on Tuesday above the search results for questions related to the election as well as below the videos discussing the voting. Citizens are also encouraged to read the 2020 US election experience on Google News, which includes national and local information, interviews and in-depth analysis.

"In the many months leading up to election day, we focused consistently on helping voters to protect our platforms from abuse and to equip campaigns," said Storey. "In June we exchanged information about phishing attempts against the presidential campaigns. It was only this month that we released the latest update on our efforts to thwart phishing attempts and disinformation campaigns."

In the future, Google will continue to meet with law enforcement officials and other technology companies to share information about suspected malfunctions. And given the high likelihood of delayed results, the search giant will temporarily pause ads related to the 2020 election and its candidates or results once the polls are closed on November 3rd.

Facebook recently took a similar approach, promising to stop promoting political, electoral and social issues in the US once the elections are over. The social network also banned new political ads in the week leading up to election day.

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