Today, the official Iowa Primary season will be kicked off with the final Republican debate on Fox News Channel and Google is all set up to offer three major channels of information to its netizens — to hear directly from candidates on Google; real-time Google Trends data; and questions from some of YouTube’s most prominent voices.
Hear from candidates directly, right on Google, said Danielle Bowers of Google News Lab, which is experimenting heavily on the US Presidential race. Political search interest spikes 440 percent on average during live televised debates as people turn to the web to learn more about the candidates and their platforms.
Now with Google platform, people will have a new way to hear directly from candidates themselves, in real-time—right in Google Search results. “This experimental feature helps voters make more informed choices, and levels the playing field for candidates to share ideas and positions on issues they may not have had a chance to address during the debate,” said the blog on Google.
By publishing long-form text, photos and videos throughout the debate, campaigns can now give extended responses, answer questions they didn’t get a chance to on stage, and rebut their opponents, starting from the first debate at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday and the search string is “Fox News debate”, said Google.
Dig into issues with Google Trends throughout the debate as Google will spotlight key insights from Google Trends that offer interesting insights about the candidates, issues, and debate topics—anything from questions asked about key issues to trending terms and rankings like the below minute-by-minute view of which candidate was searched most during the last debate.
Google platform will also cover the entire Presidential Debate with Fox News providing answers to users’ questions during the debate and after after the debate. Alongwith Google-owned YouTube, the search giant is also planning to bring three prominent YouTube creators — Nabela Noor, Mark Watson, and Dulce Candy — to join the moderators in the debate to ask the candidates a question on an issue that matters to them and their communities.
“Bringing new voices from YouTube to political debates is something we’ve been doing since the 2008 election, and it can lead to personal and powerful interactions between candidates and voters,” said Bowers in the blog. The debate begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, with the prime time debate starting at 9 p.m. ET. So tune in to Fox News Channel to learn more about your presidential candidates on Google!