Seems that Google has gone strict now. Recently, it has been heard that it would be launching the Google News Initiative, which is a journalism-focused program that would help publishers earn revenue and of course, combat fake news.
This initiative, as being declared by the company, would offer publications another monetization model online called Subscribe to Google, in addition to work with established universities and groups to combat misinformation. Along with this, it would be also introducing an open-source tool called Outline, which would make it easier for news organizations to set up and secure access to the internet for their journalists.
To this, Google senior vice president and chief business officer Philipp Schindler added that “A great search engine by its definition depends on access to the open web…. The last thing you want to see is a search engine that is not delivering quality internet and is quickly becoming a race to the bottom. If you’re not successful, we’re not successful”.
Google further added that it has been committing $300 million over the next three years to the project, though specifically did not elaborate on how the resources would be spent. In fact, the company said that it has paid $12.6 billion to news organizations and drove 10 billion clicks a month to their websites for free since last year.
Subscription to Google would now make it much easier for readers to pay for content from news organizations that have agreed to partner with the company. This would also allow people to pay and log in with Google account information. Google would be then taking a revenue share from subscriptions obtained through its program, though it did not elaborate on the percentages. The 17 names included in the list of launch partners are FT.com, The Washington Post, and McClatchy Company publications including the Miami Herald.