Google will soon ban “fake news” sites from using its ad network

(I wonder if Google will include CNN in this action. Nobody makes as much “fake news” as CNN)

from The Verge (quotation marks added by me)

Today, Google announced that its advertising tools will soon be closed to websites that promote “fake news”, a policy that could cut off revenue streams for publications that peddle hoaxes on platforms like Facebook. The decision comes at a critical time for the tech industry, whose key players have come under fire for not taking neccesary steps to prevent “fake news” from proliferating across the web during the 2016 US election. It’s thought that, given the viral aspects of “fake news”, social networks and search engines were gamed by partisan “bad actors” intending to influence the outcome of the race.

“Moving forward, we will restrict ad serving on pages that misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about the publisher, the publisher’s content, or the primary purpose of the web property,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement given to Reuters. This policy includes “fake news” sites, the spokesperson confirmed. Google already prevents its AdSense program from being used by sites that promote violent videos and imagery, pornography, and hate speech.

The issue of “fake news” on social media grabbed national attention earlier this summer, when Gizmodo reported that the team at Facebook responsible for its Trending Topics news list was suppressing links from conservative sources. The controversy called into question Facebook’s role as a primary source of news for tens of millions of Americans. The episode reportedley “paralyzed” Facebook, according to a recent report from The New York Times, leaving its leadership unwilling to make any drastic changes to the News Feed to curb the viral growth of “fake news”.

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9 Responses

  1. Wouldn’t this mean less advertising revenue for Google, and therefore less profit?

    If so, then it seems to me that Google’s announcement is a fraud; a pretense that Google will become more “responsible.”

    Who at Google decides what is “fake news” anyway? It seems to me that the corporate media outlets already decide that. For example, if you question the nonsense that a few Arabs used box cutters and two planes to topple three skyscrapers, then you are a “conspiracy theorist.” Anything that does not accord with officially sanctioned lies is a “conspiracy theory” and “hate speech.” If you question the World War II “holocaust,”™ then you are guilty of “hate speech,” and you will be terminated (and fined and imprisoned if you live in Europe). If you question the purpose of mandatory vaccination, and you suggest that it is to boost Big Pharma’s profits, then your suggestion is a “conspiracy theory.” (It is also “biological terrorism.”)

    It seems to me that our ultimate protection against fake news” is our own critical faculties, plus an ethical bearing. I mention ethics because if we wish to selfishly indulge our hatred of some target, then we will believe whatever negative claim we are told about that target.

    We all swim in a vast sea of lies. It’s up to use personally maneuver around the filth.

    • of course it would, but not much profit. How much can real truth telling websites generate in terms of advertising dollars? they can easily offset their losses by charging advertisers a little more. but they are doing it. they started something like this on Youtube not that long ago and Facebook also already has a program in place. of course they will actually do it. the propaganda outlets need help. folks are seeing through their shit and going other places for their news. but Google is not the only ad service provider and if you are good with code and run your own site, you can do it yourself. takes time, but it can be done. wordpress doesn’t even allow Google adsense. they have their own version.

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  3. Fake leftist morons cannot understand why Average Americans are…

    >> Tired of “humanitarian” wars and genocides.

    >> Tired of imminent nightmares like the TPP and the privatization of Social Security.

    >> Tired of hearing that the economy is booming, and that unemployment is near zero

    >> Tired of Democrats serving the rich at the expense of the rest

    >> Tired of criminal Wall Street bankers never being jailed or even accused.

    >> Tired of hearing about “gay rights” or “women’s lib” when our material and financial wellbeing gets worse every day.

    >> Tired of HILLARY. Genuine leftists like Russ Feingold were defeated because all DNC funding went to Hillary. When genuine leftist Democrats asked for help in Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania, they were told to shut up and cheer for Hillary. Everything was for HILLARY, HILLARY, HILLARY. Even Sanders stumped for Hillary.

    They all lost, and now they’re crying.

    What a glorious sight.

  4. Whoops. Another comment vanished. I wish there was some way to predict this.

  5. They’re going for government-sponsored propaganda only. No truth allowed. That will be the day that I cancel my internet service. It will also be the day that the first amendment is murdered.

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