Google tweaks News to only show stories with a country of origin
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Google tweaks News to only show stories with a country of origin

Internet giant Google is trying to clean up its newsfeed in an effort to stem the flow of fake news. Now, any publication that masks its country of origin, or deliberately attempts to mislead readers over where in the world it originates, will be stripped out. This is a reaction to the well-publicised troubles that the search engine – along with tech peers like Facebook and Twitter – experienced in 2017. At time of writing, investigations into Russian attempts to “hack” the last U.S. Presidential election through an online campaign of misdirection are ongoing.

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Appearing in Google News is hugely powerful for publications, as it sends large amounts of online traffic to them. But getting in there isn’t easy: the company maintains strict criteria for entry, which include accurately representing the owners and primary purpose of the website. Now, Google has added that online publications must “not 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.”

A Google spokeswoman made the following statement over the addition: “We update our policies on a regular basis to reflect a constantly changing web and how people look for information online. As a result, we want to ensure that people can understand and see where their news online is coming from and that sites are being transparent about their origins.”


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