Google tweak aims to curb fake, misleading search results

Google is updating its search to demote fake news

Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

"We have adjusted our signals to help surface more authoritative pages and demote low-quality content, so that issues similar to the Holocaust denial results that we saw back in December are less likely to appear", the company added.

Google named the new search engine update as "Project Owl".

"We were highlighting low-quality content in search results", he said in a Bloomberg Technology interview Tuesday.

The first of these is the ability to report inappropriate search predictions.

Understandably so! After all, Google, Bing, and other major search engines are often the vehicle for propagandist and mischievous elements in the society to push their agenda into the browsers of unsuspecting users. The tool now comes with little line that says "report inappropriate predictions".

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Clicking on the link will offer categories of inappropriateness, such as violence and hate. The search snippets are boxes of concise information that appear above search results.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai.AP Photo/Eric RisbergGoogle says it has new ways to combat its so-called fake-news problem in search results. You can also add an optional comment.

Although only a small fraction of Google's search results were being polluted with falsehoods, it was still happening frequently enough to threaten the integrity of a search engine that processes billions of requests a day, largely because it is widely regarded as the internet's most authoritative source of information.

Now, this is being made possible by making definitive changes to the underlying search ranking algorithm - but that's not everything.

Facebook, where fake news stories and other hoaxes have widely circulated on its social network, also has been trying to stem the tide of misleading information by working with The Associated Press and other news organisations to review suspect stories and set the record straight when warranted.

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In a bid to fight fake news and low-quality content, Google is updating its search algorithms.

Watch this space for latest news on Google products. It has also released a tool for developers to let them automatically moderate online messages better.

Deliberately misleading information, as well as outright fabrications, plagued the 2016 US presidential primary season and election.

Increased Transparency A recently released Help Center document provides information about how Google handles Autocomplete, especially with respect to removing suggestions.

In addition, Google is now also seeking your help as well.

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