Google Deals Blow to Russian Propaganda Sites With 'Derank' Decision

Mae Love
November 21, 2017

How Google decides to combat potentially fraudulent news in search remains to be seen.

Following criticism of Russia's online activities created to influence Americans and now other nations, Eric Schmidt has gone on record to say that Google will no longer classify certain Russian sites as news.

Schmidt said Google is working to detect and de-rank sites that publish misinformation and fake news.

"I am strongly not in favour of censorship", Schmidt said. I am very strongly in favor of ranking. "It's what we do", he added. It's what we do", said Schmidt."It's a very legitimate question as to how we rank, A or B, right?

The Alphabet chairman also reportedly described Google's attempts to find "weaponized" information, noting that potential news manipulators "will get better tools too".

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In a wide-ranging panel discussion, Schmidt said there are a number of technological issues on the horizon when it comes to security, from the development of quantum computing to the rise of technology that doesn't require human control.

Documents released last week show that RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the US government.

Of course, users can always seek out content from them by going directly to their website or other channels.

Last month, Twitter made a similar move, banning news outlets RT and Sputnik from advertising with any of their accounts.

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