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This upcoming Google search engine feature will compete with Facebook, Twitter in curating news

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Google is developing a new feature called Big Moments, which will compete with rivals Facebook and Twitter in delivering the latest breaking news updates during major events.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the search engine to react quickly and constantly to its users’ needs for the latest and most authoritative information, according to Google.

A team at Google has been working on the project for over a year, after the company struggled to provide the latest updates on the U.S. Capitol attack in January and Black Lives Matter protests last summer, says The Information, a Silicon Valley-based technology news site.

Big Moments hopes to build upon Google’s Full Coverage feature, which it launched in Google News in 2018 and later integrated with its search engine in March of 2021.

Full Coverage allows users to tap into a news headline and see how that story is reported from a variety of sources.

Google’s focus on breaking news comes when news consumption is…

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