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Google News redesign launches on desktop

Google is rolling out a redesigned version of Google News on the desktop that users can customize to suit their information needs.

This update adds:

  • Ability to add filters
  • customizable themes
  • Extended fact-checking section

Google said the new look for the desktop version of Google News was inspired by reader feedback.

Today also happens to be the 20th anniversary of Google News — one of the first tools to aggregate news stories in real time.

Here’s more information on what’s new in Google News on desktop.

Updates to the desktop version of Google News

new filter

You can add filters to the local news section to pull stories from multiple locations at once.

It’s easier to keep up with important news by bringing top news, local news, and personalized picks to the top of the page.

customizable themes

You can customize the theme that appears on the new Google News desktop homepage.

You can add, delete or reorder themes by clicking the blue custom button in the upper right corner of your theme.

Expanded fact-checking

The desktop version of Google News now provides more context on stories in an expanded Fact Check section.

You’ll now see the original statement along with a fact-checked assessment from an independent organization.

Reboot in Spain

After an eight-year hiatus, Google News is returning to Spain with a desktop redesign today.

Google helps journalists

In a blog post announcing the desktop news update, Google highlighted the various ways it’s helping news publishers around the world.

These initiatives include:

  • Provides training, programs, funding and products for journalists and newsrooms.
  • Introducing the Global News Equity Fund, a multi-million dollar commitment to help bring more diversity and equity to the news industry.
  • Awarded $1 million in funding to help journalists serving local and underrepresented communities.
  • Invest in local news ad campaigns run by local media.

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