One of the most prolonged problems hovering around the internet right now is the spread of fake news. Almost majority of the tech firms have endured this problem. To cure this, Facebook has been doing its bits and parts to curb this from spreading on its website.
In lieu of this, Google has also taken a stern measure to curb this spreading as much as possible. The search giant has not yet publicly revealed its strategy yet as per spotted by Mashable, the tech giant would be blocking websites from showing up in search results on Google News if they would hide their country of origin.
Also, as per the Company’s newly set guidelines, the contents displayed on Google News must abide by the following:
“Sites included in Google News must not misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about their ownership or primary purpose, or engage in coordinated activity to mislead users. This includes, but isn’t limited to, sites that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or are directed at users in another country under false premises”.
Now, such a measure might seem small but definitely, the promise of a wide-ranging impact. By excluding websites that do not reveal the origin of the country, Google is effectively burying fake news and thus reducing the chances of spreading.
Publications that willingly spread false information are mainly held guilty of acting as a catalyst for helping Trump. In this era, where a new news is created in every single minute, people would trust only reputable sources. But as widely known, Social Media and Facebook, in particular, has made it more challenging, even for the sharpest readers to distinguish between what’s real and what’s false.
Google’s new counteract on dishonest websites should greatly help to curb the spread of actual fake news. For example, Russian publications operated by propagandists who write fake U.S. news and distribute it as if they’re legitimate American publications now would have a diminished online reach.
This move by Google is not much surprising considering how Google’s search engine is a primary source of news access for many people on the internet. While Google Search is, nothing but a channel through which information flows, the company’s massive reach means it also shares in the responsibilities of helping to distribute and also to distill when the factor of weeding out dishonest sources arrives.
Obviously, things won’t change overnight, but this measure in addition to the other two new features such as “Fast Check” is just the correct step in the right direction if Google still wants to hold on to his mission statement to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”