Google acts against fake news on search engine

Google announced its first attempt to combat the circulation of “fake news” on its search engine with new tools allowing users to report misleading or offensive content, and a pledge to improve results generated by its algorithm.

The technology company said it would allow people to complain about misleading, inaccurate or hateful content in its autocomplete function, which pops up to suggest searches based on the first few characters typed.

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  • David Murrell

    Haven’t kept up with the Google shenannigans, but given this new tool, can we use the tool to rat on CBC News, the Star or the Globe and Mail, for their fake news?

    • Clausewitz

      The beginning of the use of the memory hole.

      • Maggat

        Well let’s face it. We can’t let another Trump slip in now, or stop the shiny pony can we? That would never do.

  • Killer Marmot

    How will Google prevent this feature from being used for political purposes, such as to suppress inconvenient news items?

    • CoolTolerance

      I think they’ll be very busy. Their system might overload.

    • Clausewitz

      If you think that they are going to care as long as only their “truths” are parroted, you are naive. This tool is solely going to be used by the left to once again squelch free speech.

  • It Goggle wants to really get rid of “fake news” and hate speech, then I would suggest that they monitor the public chat lines on Goggle’s Youtube.

    The stuff on their chat lines — most of which are probably frequented by teenagers — is the filthiest, most slanderous and defamatory stuff I’ve seen anywhere. It would make a drunken sailor blush.

  • The Butterfly

    What could possibly go wrong.

  • Alain

    Therefore any news that anyone finds offensive has to be fake news according to this. I suppose the news that Clinton lost the election was fake news, since many were offended that she didn’t win.

  • WalterBannon

    Where are these new tools?

    this vaporware sounds like fake news from google

  • seaoh

    From now on no google, for me its duckduckgo.com

    • Haven’t used Google for years. Startpage (also known as Ixquick). Not only private browsing, but every link can be opened on a secure proxy. Sorta like a VPN — once you’re on the proxy all other links are proxied as well. Plus you get Google results on searches. Can’t beat it.

      Only thing is their secure proxy doesn’t work on every site — you can’t get on BCF for example.

      • Maggat

        I”v been using duckduck for about six months now and find it almost as good as google. I’m going to try Startpage and see how it stacks up.
        Thanks.