Google to spend $300M in war on fake news
- Author: Kyle Warner Mar 21, 2018,
Mar 21, 2018, 8:01
Elevate and strengthen quality journalism: Here, Google says it will work to curb the spread of misinformation and disinformation on its platforms, including YouTube, while surfacing more high-quality news content.
During the next three years, Google will commit $300 million to meet its goals, Schindler wrote. With Facebook failing to build a sustainable relationship with publishers because of the recent changes to the News Feed as well as a lot of other recent fumbles and controversies, Google's new News Initiative could help the company support and possibly dominate the digital news industry. "It's becoming increasingly hard to distinguish what's true (and not true) online", Google said in a blog post today. Simply put, Google feels it needs to do more.
Google has signed several major retailers to a new program under which their merchandise will be prioritized in Google search results, the Google Express shopping service, and the Google Assistant virtual assistant platform, according to a Reuters report. We're launching the Disinfo Lab alongside the First Draft to combat mis- and disinformation during elections and breaking news moments. So we've trained our systems to recognize these events and adjust our signals toward more authoritative content. (Watch it Above.) The project is Google's new effort to fight fake news with what it knows best: technology, in part by providing publishers online tools. Taking that a step further, now any of you using the Google app for your podcasts will be able to actually manage those subscriptions right from within the app, too.
With Subscribe With Google, those who already subscribe to publications will see content from those publications higher in Google search results when they share their subscription status with Google. For the last six months, we've been holding working groups with participants from almost 60 news organizations across 18 countries to review our ideas and collect feedback.
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Google.org, Google's nonprofit arm, also announced a $10 million media literacy project to help American teenagers learn skills to identify false news.
Fairfax has signed on as the local launch partner while papers as the Financial Times, The Telegraph, The New York Times and Washington Post have signed on in the United Kingdom and US.
Reuters reported that the new partnership, called Shopping Actions, will be made available to retailers of any size in the United States. They will not affect Google's regular search results. The service also reflects Google's increasingly aggressive moves to make publishers dependent on its platforms. It's an open-source tool that will assist news organizations setup their own VPN on a private server.